The Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a multi-modal terminal on
River Ganga at Sahibganj in Jharkhand tomorrow.
The multi-modal terminal is an important component of the development of
the National Waterway-1 from Varanasi to Haldia, a distance of 1390 km.
NW-1 is being developed under the Jal Marg Vikas Project of the Inland
Waterways Authority of India, with the technical and financial
assistance of World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs. 5369 crore. The
project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of
The Sahibganj terminal is the second out of three multi-modal terminals
to be constructed on NW-1. Earlier in May 2016, IWAI had awarded the
contract for the construction of a multi-modal terminal at Varanasi. The
third terminal will be constructed at Haldia in West Bengal. The work is
expected to commence soon at Haldia. Construction of terminals is
essential to facilitate transhipment and movement of bulk cargo on NW-1.
The state of the art terminal at Sahibganj will have a cargo handling
capacity of 2.24 Million Tons Per Annum (MTPA) on completion in 2019.
The contract for the construction of the terminal has been awarded to
M/s L&T Infrastructure Ltd at an estimated cost of Rs 280 crore. The
terminal facilities will include berthing space for two vessels,
stockyard, conveyor belt system with hoppers, barge loaders, shore
protection works, roads, ramps, parking area, and terminal buildings.
A Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal at Sahibganj will provide critical
connectivity with Bihar at Manihari. About 100 trucks have already
started using the facility at Sahibganj. The crossing of trucks through
Ro-Ro facility would save a lot of time, cost and fuel in road
The construction of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj and the
overall development of NW-1 will contribute significantly to the
creation of business and employment opportunities in Jharkhand,
particularly in the rural areas. It will also provide critical last mile
connectivity to the hinterland of Jharkhand. The state is richly endowed
with mineral resources. The multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj will play
an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local
mines in Rajmahal area to various thermal power plants located along
NW-1. Other than coal, stone chips, fertilisers, cement and sugar are
other commodities expected to be transported through the terminal.
The construction of the multi-modal terminal and Ro-Ro terminal will
also help to create direct employment of about 600 people and indirect
employment of about 3000 people.
National Waterway-1 (NW-1) is a waterway of national significance
passing through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, serving
the major cities of Haldia, Howrah, Kolkata, Bhagalpur, Patna, Ghazipur,
Varanasi, Allahabad and their industrial hinterland including several
industries located in the Ganga basin. The rail and road corridors in
this region are heavily saturated. Hence, the development of NW-1 would
provide an alternative, viable, economical, efficient and eco-friendly
mode of transport. The waterway will act as a catalyst in the
socio-economic development of the regions by creating new business and