Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a Multi-Modal Terminal on River Ganga in Varanasi on Monday. Modi will also receive the first consignment of containers moving on the Ganga from Kolkata to Varanasi on November 12 as India revives its inland waterways for freight movement.
The Multi-Modal Terminal in Varanasi is the first of three Multi-Modal Terminals being constructed on River Ganga. Started in June 2016, the terminal is built on an area of 33.34 hectares and costs Rs 206.84 crore. The total capacity of the terminal is 1.26 MPTA.
A total of three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter-modal Terminals are being constructed on the river as part of the central government’s Jal Marg Vikas project. The Rs 5,369-crore project aims to promote inland waterways for cheaper and environment-friendly conveyance, especially for the transportation of cargos.
It thus plans to develop the stretch of Ganga between Varanasi and Haldia for navigation of large vessels of up to 1,500-2,000 tonnes by setting up of required systems there. Read More