The Inland Waterways Authority
of India (IWAI) has set out on a massive public outreach initiative along river
Ganga on National Waterway-1 to help push rural economy to connect with
waterways. As part of a month long dialogue series extending from Varanasi
to Haldia, the entire stretch of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal ,
a team of IWAI held two day long outreach
with villagers- farmers and traders, from Zamania, Kataria, Puraina, Sarai
Mohammadpur, Chochakpur, Jallapur, Dungerpur in Ghazipur district on July 17
The officials disseminated
information on the Rs 5369 crore Jal Marg Vikas Project on river Ganga.
Residents who participated in hundreds of numbers shared their enthusiasm and
expectations from the project.The community outreach was attended by people
from diverse backgrounds – NGOs, Panchayat Pradhans, farmers, and other local
This Eastern Uttar Pradesh
pocket along the Ganga has rich agricultural produce that include green
chillies, tomato, brinjal, onions, cauliflowers, banana, papaya, etc in huge
quantity but due to the non-existence of a good supply chain, and owing to lack of connectivity and storage
infrastructure, the produce reaches local mandis and other cities’ markets with
difficulty and goods often perish.
IWAI is making a Rs 155
Crore Inter Modal Terminal at Ghazipurunder the Jal Marg Vikas project, which
will provide direct and seamless access to this area’s markets to Bay of Bengal
through National Waterway-1.
The Rs 5369 Crore JMVP is
going to create more than 1.5 Lakh direct and indirect employment in the four
states it traverses and the dialogue process has been initiated to bring the
beneficiaries to the fold of inclusive development. In Uttar Pradesh
alone, 50,000 employments will be created, according to a World Bank Economic
analysis on Jal Marg Vikas Project.
Even as the JMVP will
facilitate seamless movement of large freight from
Varanasi to Haldia, IWAI has also assessed the need to make smaller
interventions for the benefit of local communities and farmers along the bank
of Ganga. Ferry sevices, small jetties and vessels are being worked out to
facilitate the movement of smaller cargo like agricultural produces, vegetables,
dairy products, and others.
IWAI is working with
State Livelihood Missions for imparting necessary skill training for the youth,
boatmen and other community members so that they could benefit from the