The Indian Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari is expected to lay the foundation stone of the Multi-Modal Terminal at Varanasi on August 12, 2016. The Hon’ble Minister will also flag off the trial run of two cargo vessels from Varanasi on this occasion.
The two vessels viz. MV Joy Basudev (capacity 1400 tons) and MV V.V Giri (capacity 300 tons), containing newly assembled cars of Maruti Suzuki and construction material, respectively will be flagged off from the Aghoreshwar Bhagwan Ram Ghat Varanasi at 11 AM on August 12, 2016. The occasion will also be marked by the laying of foundation stone of the Multi-Modal Terminal at Ramnagar in Varanasi at 12.30 PM.
The contract for construction of Phase I of the Multi-Modal Terminal at Varanasi has been awarded to AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd at an estimated cost of Rs 170 crore and is likely to be completed by August 2018. The Terminal will have road and rail connectivity with proposed links on NH-7 and Jeonathpur Railway station respectively.
The cargo handling capacity of the Terminal on completion of Phase 1 is estimated to be 1.2 million metric tonnes per annum (MTPA). The cargo that will be handled at the Terminal includes stone chips, cement, food grains, fertilisers, sugar etc. The Terminal will have facilities including berthing space for two vessels simultaneously, storage area, transit shed, parking areas, among others. The Terminal will also have a floating jetty for passenger transportation.
National Waterway-1 (NW-1) is being developied under the Jal Marg Vikas Project, with assistance from the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,200 crore. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT Tonnage from Varanasi to Haldia .
Phase-I of the project covers the Haldia-Varanasi stretch. The project includes development of fairway, construction of new Multi-Modal Terminals at Varanasi, Haldia, and Sahibganj, strengthening of open river navigation system, conservancy works, modern River Information System (RIS), Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), night navigation facilities, modern methods of channel marking, construction of a new state of the art navigational lock at Farakka etc.
NW-1 is a waterway of national significance passing through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, potentially serving the major cities of Haldia, Howrah, Kolkata, Bhagalpur, Patna, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Allahabad and their industrial hinterlands including several industries located along the Ganga basin. The rail and road corridors of this region are already saturated. Hence, the development of NW-1 would result in a viable economical, efficient and eco-friendly mode of transport and huge quantities of cargo can be transported thereby helping in economic development of this region.
Reference: Press Information Bureau Of India