In a major boost
towards realising country’s ambitious inland waterways project, the
World Bank has approved a $375 million loan for capacity augmentation of
National Waterway-1(River Ganga) under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).
The government is developing NW-1 (River Ganga) under JMVP from Haldia
to Varanasi (1390 Km) with the technical and financial assistance of the
World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 5369 crore. The project would
enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT.
Under the project, there are going to be three multi-modal
terminals--one each at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Sahibganj (Jharkhand),
and Haldia (West Bengal), two inter-modal terminals- at Kalughat and
Ghazipur, a new Navigation Lock at Farakka, five Roll on-Roll off
(Ro-Ro) terminals, development of Ferry services at Varanasi, Patna,
Bhagalpur, Munger, Kolkata and Haldia and Vessel repair and maintenance
While the contracts for construction of multi-modal terminals at
Varanasi, Sahibganj, and a new Navigation Lock at Farakka have been
awarded, and the work at respective sites has commenced, the
construction of multi-modal terminal at Haldia will begin soon. The
foundation stone for the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj was laid by
the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 6th April, 2017. In August
2016, the Minister for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Shri Nitin
Gadkari laid the foundation stone for multi-modal terminal at Varanasi.
Jal Marg Vikas Project also includes proposal for Performance Based
Maintenance Dredging Contract for Provision of Least Assured Depth (LAD)
of 3 metres between Farakka to Kahalgaon, and Sultanganj to Barh; LAD of
2.5 metres between Barh to Doriganj, and Doriganj to Ghazipur; and LAD
of 2.2 metres between Ghazipur to Varanasi.
In addition, the project will enable IWAI setting up of River
Information Service System on NW -1 for the first time in India. River
Information System (RIS) are equipment, hardware and software
information technology (IT) related services designed to optimize
traffic and transport processes in inland navigation.
JMVP will also support the design and development of low draft vessels
capable of carrying up to 2000 tonnes of cargo in shallower depths.
NW-1 is a waterway of national significance passing through Uttar
Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, serving the major cities of
Allahabad, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Bhagalpur, Patna, Howrah, Haldia and
Kolkata, 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 employment