Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first multi-modal terminal on the Ganga river in Varanasi on Monday under a project aimed at promoting inland waterways as a cheaper and more environment-friendly means of transport.
This is the first of the three such terminals and two inter-modal terminals being constructed on the river, according to an official release on Friday.
The multi-modal terminals are being built as part of the central government's Jal Marg Vikas Project that aims to develop the stretch of the river Ganga between Varanasi and Haldia for navigation of large vessels weighing up to 1,500-2,000 tonnes, it said.
The objective is to promote inland waterways as a cheaper and more environment-friendly means of transport, especially for cargo movement.
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency.
The Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) is being implemented on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1 (NW-1) with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank. It is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 5,369.18 crore, on a 50:50 sharing basis between the Government of India and the World Bank.
The project entails construction of three multi-modal terminals (Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia); two intermodal terminals; five roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) terminal pairs; new navigation lock at Farakka; assure...