Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has engaged a reputed consultant to prepare
feasibility studies for development of ferry services and identification of
locations in Varanasi, Patna, Munger, Bhagalpur, Kolkata and Haldia in an
effort to decongest the cities in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
The Government is
implementing the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for the capacity augmentation of
navigation on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1 (Ganga) with
the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost
of Rs.5,369.18 crore.
Under this project,
construction of three multimodal terminals, two intermodal terminals, one new
navigational lock and works for fairway development, River Information System
(RIS), vessel repair and maintenance facilities and Ro-Ro terminals are
envisaged to be completed by December, 2022.
Mansukh L Mandavia, Minister of State
for Shipping gave this information in a written reply to a question in Rajya
Sabha today 12 March 2018.