The Inland Waterways Authority of India
has plans for construction of 18 ferry terminals in six cities of Varanasi,
Patna, Munger, Bhagalpur, Kolkata and Haldia in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West
Bengal on NW-1 or the River Ganga, under the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).
The project aims at capacity
augmentation of navigation on the Haldia – Varanasi stretch of National
Waterway-1. IWAI has engaged a reputed consultant for preparation of Detailed
Project Report (DPR) for the development of ferry services at these places. The consultants have started the preparatory
work for identifying suitable locations.
The information was
given by Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh L. Mandaviya in a written reply
to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Ju