Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation India’s second riverine
Multimodal terminal built at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on September 12.
He will inaugurate the state-of-art terminal
through a two-way digital communication system at an event in Ranchi,
Jharkhand. The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge), Mr Mansukh
Mandaviya, will be present at Sahibganj, said a release.
At the cost of Rs 290, Sahibganj in
record time of about 2 yrs; second of the three
at a cost of Rs 290 crore in a record time of about two years, the Prime
Minister had laid the foundation stone of IWAI’s Sahibganj multimodal terminal
in April 2017. This is the second of the three multimodal terminals being
constructed on the river Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). Earlier, in
November 2018, the Prime Minister had inaugurated the MMT at Varanasi.
are constructing a dedicated freight corridor from Ludhiana to Kolkata.
Commissioning of multi modal terminals at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and
Sahibganj will give a boost to Industrialization in the Hindi heartland.
Sahibganj terminal expected to open
up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market
Sahibganj terminal is expected to open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to
the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways
route. It will play an important role in the 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, fertilizers, cement and sugar are
some of the other commodities expected to be transported through the terminal.
convergence of road-rail-river transport at Sahibganj through the new
multimodal terminal will connect this part of the hinterland to Kolkata, Haldia
and further to the Bay of Bengal. Also, Sahibganj will get connected to the
North-East states through Bangladesh by the river-sea route.
Capacity of the terminal is 30 lakh
tons per annum; II phase by private concessionaire
capacity of the terminal is 30 lakh tons per annum. It will grow to 54.8 lakh
tons per annum after an investment of Rs 376 crore for capacity enhancement in
Phase II under PPP mode. The development in Phase II will be entirely made by the
private concessionaire. Further, a freight village is also proposed on 335
acres of land in contiguity with the terminal.
dimensions of the terminal jetty are length 270 m x width 25 m with berthing
and mooring facility. It has one mobile harbour crane.
terminals are being built as part of the Jal Marg Vikas Project that aims to
develop the stretch of river Ganga between Varanasi to Haldia for navigation of
large vessels up to 1,500-2,000 tons weight, by maintaining a draft of 2-3 meters
in this stretch of the river and setting up other systems required for safe
Objective to promote inland
waterways as a cheaper and more environment-friendly means of transport
objective is to promote inland waterways as a cheaper and more environment-friendly
means of transport, especially for cargo movement. Inland Waterways Authority
of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency.