Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will lay the foundation stone for the
development of Muktyala to Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River (National
Waterways – tomorrow in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
He will also inaugurate
approximately 415 km of National Highways projects worth Rs 1928.46 crores and
lay the foundation stone for another 250 km NH projects worth Rs 2539.08
crores. The Minister of Road Transport
& Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga
Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari and Andhra
Pradesh Chief Minister Shri N Chandrababu Naidu will also be present on this
The National Waterways four is proposed to be
developed in three phases as per MoU signed with Govt. of Andhra Pradesh last
year. The first phase will be developed from Muktyala to Vijayawada on the
Krishna river up to a distance of 82 kilometers.
During the second
phase Eluru and Kakinada canals will be developed between Vijayawada and Kakinada
and from Rajamundry to Polavaram stretch of Godavari a distance of 233
In the final phase Commamur canal and Buckingham canal and balance
stetches of Krishna and Godavari rivers extending up to 573 kilometers will be
The Vice President will lay the foundation
stone for Phase- I on October third. Work on this phase that is development of
the 82 km from Muktiyala to Vijayawadastretch has already commenced. Dredging
began in the shallow areas in May this year, and the work is expected to be
complete by June, 2019.
The project will provide an efficient
logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region and facilitate
the development of the capital city Amravati during its early development stage
as substantial construction material is expected to be transported on this
stretch of NW-4.
Terminal Facilities was awarded in August this year and is expected to be complete
by June 2018. For the Permanent Terminal Facilities work is expected to be
awarded by March, 2018 and work to be completed by June, 2019. Night
Navigational aids to be taken up in 2018.
Three cargo terminals are proposed to be built at Muktyala, Ibrahimpatnam,
and Harishchandrapur and four Passenger Terminals are to be built at Durga
Ghat, Bhawani Island, Vedadari, and Amravati on NW- 4 in phase 1. The DPR for construction of these seven
terminals has been completed.
National Waterway No.4 was declared in November, 2008 for a total length
of 1078 km. This length was extended to
2890 km by NW Act-2016. The following stretches are included in this:
River Godavari (Bhadrachalam to Rajahmundry) 171 km, River Krishna (Wazirabad
to Vijayawada) 157 km. Kakinada
Canal (Kakinada to Rajahmundry) 50 km, Eluru Canal (Rajahmundry to Vijayawada)
139 Km, Commamur Canal (Vijayawada to Pedaganjam) = 113 km, North Buckingham Canal (Pedaganjam to Chennai) 316 km, South
Buckingham Canal (Chennai to Merkanam) 110 km,
Kaluvelly Tank (Markanam to Puducherry) 22 k
Extended sections include River Krishna from Wazirabad to Galagali (628
Km), River Godavari from Bhadrachalam to Nasik (1184Km)
A proposal for
Phase-II has been recommended by IWAI board for PIB/Cabinet. Also, a proposal
for formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the
project is under consideration for the approval of Cabinet. The SPV is expected
to be formed by November 2017.