Multi-modal terminal worth ₹5,369-cr injects booster in waterways

    Inland Waterway Authority of India's (IWAI's)
    The multi-modal terminal, a part of the Inland Waterway Authority of India’s (IWAI’s) Jal Marg Vikas project worth ₹5,369-cr being financed by the World Bank, is going to be a game changer for the country’s waterways infrastructure.

    The project aimed at building the river stretch between Varanasi and Haldia, involved the creation of three multi-modal terminals at Varanasi, Sahibganj, and Haldia — three inter-modal terminals— at Ghazipur, Kalughat, and Triveni—one new navigation lock (Farakka), along the Ganga. It also included works for fairway development, a river information system (RIS), vessel repair and maintenance facilities (Doriganj), warehouses, customs clearance facilities, boarding and lodging facilities, and five Roll On-Roll Off (RO-RO) crossings to help vehicles shift seamlessly from road to river mode and vice versa. In this connection, it may be recalled that MV R N Tagore docked recently at Varanasi after covering 1,380 km over 10 days on the Ganga, the container vessel that started its journey at Haldia in West Bengal marked a first in India’s history when the Indian PM inaugurated the country’s first multi-modal terminal at Varanasi recently. The project on the Ganga (National Waterway-1) is one of the 111 inland waterway projects targeted by the Centre to boost freight movement through the eco-friendly and cheap inland waterway model.
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