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.

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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.

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