Union Minister for Shipping,
Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for the development work of
Ghagra River as National Waterway on October 9th at Basti in Uttar
Pradesh, under the Sagarmala Programme of Ministry of Shipping.
The Waterway from Manjhighat at Ganga-Gaghra river
confluence to Faizabad/Ayodhya along Gaghra River for a length of 354 km was declared
as NW-40 during the year 2016, as part of Government’s renewed push to develop
inland waterways sector in the country.
Together with NW-1 (on river Ganga), NW-40 will be provide
to be a major transport modal choice for cargo and passenger movement. The Detailed Project Report on the
development of NW-40 envisages terminal at five locations – Ayodhya,
Mahirpur (Tanda/Kalwari), Dohrighat, Tortipar and Manjhighat.
Inland Waterways Authority of
India (IWAI), under Ministry of Shipping has already initiated work in Phase –I
with project cost of Rs. 11.6 Cr and has constructed the floating terminal at
Tanda/Kalwari to facilitate cargo & passenger movement on River Ghagra
& River Ganga. Under Phase 1,
the draft of 2 metre and width of 45 metre will be constructed in addition to
floating terminals through Pontoon-Gangway at two locations- Tanda/Kalwari and
The DPR on NW-40 projects movement
of various categories of cargo, namely, agricultural products (rice, wheat,
pulses, sugar, livestock), industrials
products, coal (for Tanda power plant), coarse sand, bricks, paper products,
leather and other general goods etc. through inland vessel capacity up to 1000
tonne. The first phase works are scheduled to be completed by 2019-20. This waterway is being classified as class-III
waterway which envisages movement of up to 1000 ton capacity vessels. Besides
cargo and passenger movement, NW-40 will provide connectivity
to tourist and pilgrimage places along river Gaghra and Ganga.
projects under IWAI in Uttar Pradesh include, Freight Village & Logistics
Hub and Multimodal terminal at Varanasi under the Jal Marg Vikas Project. The
terminal is being constructed at a cost of Rs 169.70 cr with a capacity of 1.26 MTPA. The terminal is likely to be
inaugurated in the month of November, 2018.
terminal will boost trade via waterways with reduced logistics costs. Better
connectivity to coastal regions and neighbouring countries like Nepal,
Bangladesh & North eastern states through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route
will help MSMEs to expand trade & commerce and also provide optimal multi