Multi-modal ter­mi­nal to ease con­ges­tion

Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Ship­ping, Road Trans­port and High­ways flagged off two cargo ves­sels from Varanasi and laid foun­da­tion stone of the Multi-Modal Ter­mi­nal.

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The minister flagged off two ves­sels viz. MV Joy Ba­sudev (ca­pac­ity 1400 tonnes) and MV V.V Giri (ca­pac­ity 300 tonnes), con­tain­ing newly as­sem­bled cars of Maruti Suzuki and con­struc­tion ma­te­rial on Au­gust 12, 2016. He said this will re­duce road traf­fic con­ges­tion and will cost less. The route be­tween Varanasi and Hal­dia will also join Al­la­habad and Kan­pur in the fu­ture, Gadkari added.

Na­tional Water­way-1 (NW-1) is be­ing de­vel­oped un­der the Jal Marg Vikas Project, with as­sis­tance from the World Bank at an es­ti­mated cost

`4,200 of crore. The project would en­able com­mer­cial nav­i­ga­tion of ves­sels with ca­pac­ity of 15002,000 DWT Ton­nage from Varanasi to Hal­dia.

Phase-I of the project cov­ers the Hal­dia-Varanasi stretch. The project in­cludes de­vel­op­ment of fair­way, con­struc­tion of new Mul­ti­Modal Ter­mi­nals at Varanasi, Hal­dia, and Sahib­ganj, strength­en­ing of open river nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, con­ser­vancy works, mod­ern River

NW-1 is a water­way of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance pass­ing through Ut­tar Pradesh, Bi­har, Jhark­hand and West Ben­gal, po­ten­tially serv­ing the ma­jor cities of Hal­dia, Howrah, Kolkata, Bha­galpur, Patna, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Al­la­habad and their in­dus­trial hin­ter­lands in­clud­ing several in­dus­tries lo­cated along the Ganga basin.

The rail and road cor­ri­dors of this re­gion are al­ready sat­u­rated. Hence, the de­vel­op­ment of NW-1 would re­sult in a vi­able eco­nom­i­cal, ef­fi­cient and eco-friendly mode of trans­port thereby help­ing in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of this re­gion. Gadkari also lay the foun­da­tion stone for the Multi Modal Ter­mi­nal at Ram­na­gar, Varanasi. Apart from this, three road projects, Varanasi-Ja­mur NH 56; VaranasiAza­m­garh NH 233, VaranasiGazipur NH 29 were also in­au­gu­rated. Ad­di­tion­ally, other road projects link­ing Varanasi were also ap­proved. The cargo han­dling ca­pac­ity of the Ter­mi­nal on com­ple­tion of Phase 1 is es­ti­mated to be 1.2 mil­lion met­ric tonnes per an­num (MTPA).

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