PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI inaugurated the country’s first Multi-Modal Terminal on Ganga River in his Parliamentary Constituency, VARANASI. The prime minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Transport, Highways and BJP State president Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is also the member of the parliament of the neighbouring Chandauli Lok Sabha Constituency.
The country’s first container cargo transported on Inland Waterway from Kolkata. The first consignment containing food and beverages had set sail from Kolkata in the week of October.
Constituency this is the first of the four multi-modal Terminals being constructed on the National waterways-1 (river Ganga ) as part of the World Bank-aided waterways Authority of India. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5, 369 8 crores, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the world bank. Earlier, upon his arrival here, the prime minister was given and the world here, the prime minister was given a detailed presentation of the viability of the water-ways between Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Haldia in West Bengal.
According to the official statement,
The centre’s JAL Mary Vikas project aims at the developing the stretches of the river between Varanasi and Haldia vessels weighing up to 1,500 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes.
Its objective is to promote inland waterways as a cheap and environment-friendly means of transportation, especially for cargo movement. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency. The project entails construction of three multi-modal Terminals (Varanasi Sahibganj and Haldia), two intermodal terminals, five- roll-on-of ( Ro-Ro) terminals pairs, new navigation lock at Farakka in West Bengal, assured depth, dredging, integrated vessels repair and maintenance facility, differential global positioning systems (DGPS), River training.
The prime will also inaugurate two national highways and various projects related to the cleaning of Ganga in Varanasi.