The time frame of various inland water projects to facilitate freight
movement in river Ganga has been announced. This includes the commissioning of
multi modal terminal at Varanasi, Sahibganj in Bihar and Haldia in West Bengal.
The Rs 169.59 Crore Multi Modal Terminal (MMT) being built at Varanasi by
Inland Waterways Authority of India under Jal Marg Vikas project is set to be
completed by November this year. This would be a major landmark for the
project. The construction of the Rs 280. 90 Crore MMT at Sahibganj is to be
completed by May, 2019, and the one at Haldia, being constructed at a cost of
Rs 517.36 Crore, is scheduled to be completed by December 2019.
In addition to this the work on the Rs 359.20 Crore state-of-the-art
navigational lock at Farakka is to be completed By June, 2019. Contract for
maintenance dredging in the Farakka-Kahalgaon stretch of the river was awarded
in April, 2018, for Rs 150 Crore, and
work on this has started. The work for construction of two Inter-Modal Terminals
(IMT)on NW-1, at Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh and Kalughat in Bihar will be
awarded this year.
Jal Marg Vikas is a Rs 5369 Crore World Bank aided project on National
Waterway 1 (River Ganga), aimed at augmenting the navigational capacity of the Varanasi to Haldia covering Eastern Uttar
Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal stretch of the river, to
enable commercial navigation of at least 1500-2000 ton vessels.
project includes construction/setting up of multi-modal terminals at Varanasi, Sahibganj
and Haldia, IMTs, navigational lock, Ro-Ro terminals, jetties, river
information system, vessel repair and maintenance facilities, fairway
development, channel marking, river training and conservancy works.The total financial progress at the end of FY
2017-18 for the project was Rs 678.85 Crore. This means a progress of
13.05%. JMVP is scheduled to be completed
by December, 2022.
IWAI has also finalized 13 vessel designs suitable for inland water
transport. The models have been designed
by M/s DST, Germany, with focus on economic efficiency, low transport cost,
high safety, low draft and high carrying capacity. The testing of these models
has been completed and final report is awaited.
To enable private sector participation, IWAI signed an agreement with M/s Summit Alliance Port East Gateway (India) Pvt. Ltd. on 26-04-2018
under a revenue sharing model (38.3%) for operating and managing IWT terminals
at Garden reach in Kolkata and Gaighat and Kalughat terminals in Patna. Further,
the RFQ for operations and maintenance of Varanasi MMT has also been issued.
In a major development, IWAI will also support Nepal in undertaking
techno-economic feasibility study of the rivers, upgradation of technology of
existing infrastructure, setting up of coordinating authority in Nepal for
developing inland waterways.
IWAI has also
initiated development work on eight new National Waterways. Tendering for these
will be done during the current financial year. In addition to this, Detailed
Project Reports (DPR) are being finalised for 18 new NW, DPR studies have been
awarded for 2, and hydrographic and feasibility studies are underway for 37 new
IWAI is also working towards furthering
India’s Act East Policy and the Government’s focus on development of North
Eastern Region (NER). To reduce travel distance between Meghalaya
and work from July 1, 2017 between Dhubri to Hatsingimari is Assam. While NW-2 (river Brahmaputra) is already
operational, development work on NW-16 (river Barak) has
also been initiated. In 2017-18, 5.6 lakh tonnes of
cargo was moved through IWT in NER. To enhance access to
NER through waterways, the work for awarding dredging along two identified routes, Sirajganj – Daikhawa and Ashuganj – Zakiganj
, has been initiated.
On NW-3 (West Coast Canal; Kottapuram – Kollam
,Champakkara&Udyogamandal canals) , which is also operational 4 lakh tonnes
of cargo that included Over Dimensional Cargo (ODC) was moved in 2017-18.
IWAI is also
developing NW-4 in a phased wise manner. Phase I - Muktyala to Vijayawada;
Phase II - Vijayawada to Kakinada, Rajahmundry to Polavaram
stretch of Godavari and further subsequent phases that include Commamur canal, Buckingham
canal and balance stretches of Krishna & Godavari.
Even as works on IWAI projects are going on in full steam, substantive
potential cargo movement is planned at various stretches of NWs. NHPC will move
70 Lakh MT (Cement, Flyash, Steel, H&M/E&M) cargo through Bogibeel for
seven years. Further, NTPC has 30-40 Million Tons of Pond Ash which needs to be
disposed from its Farakka plant located along NW-1.
commercial development, IWAI is also working to facilitate pilgrimage movement
during the 2019 KumbMela on the lines of facilitation it has been providing at
Ganga SagarMela and Guru Purab at Patna Sahib.