Linking Allahabad to Haldia
The ‘Jal Marg Vikas’ over Ganga will connect Allahabad to Haldia for commercial navigation of at least 1,500-tonne vessels.
Minister Narendra Modi, in the Union Budget 2014-2015, has set aside US$25 billion to unclog India’s choked transport links, drive power output and build new cities. His plans, among others, include ferr ying cargo on the Ganges, which was also one of the most anticipated projects in Modi’s first budget. The freight routefrom Haldia to Allahabad- would cover 1,620-kilometer.
“A project on the river Ganga called ' Jal Marg Vikas' (National Waterways-I) will be developed between Allahabad and Haldia to cover a distance of 1,620 km, which will enable commercial navigation of at least 1,500-tonne vessels," Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
The project will be completed over a period of six years at an estimated cost of 4,200 crore. Elaborating on the Union Budget, he added, "A policy for encouraging the growth of the Indian controlled tonnage will be formulated to ensure ncrease in employment of the Indian seafarers. Development of ports is also critical for boosting trade."
In India, river transport constitutes a mere 7% of total cargo transportation. With this project, the movement of overdimensional cargo (ODC) will also get a boost.
It is a fact that transporting cargo through the country’s waterways is cheaper by almost 75% when compared to logistics movement by trains.