Ca­pac­ity of NW-1 to be en­hanced

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In­land Wa­ter­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia, Min­istry of Shipping, has in­vited ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for ca­pac­ity aug­men­ta­tion of Na­tional Water­way-1. The scope of work in­volves con­sul­tancy for de­tailed fea­si­bil­ity study and de­tailed en­gi­neer­ing for an­cil­lary works for ca­pac­ity aug­men­ta­tion of NW-1.

The project en­vis­ages the de­vel­op­ment of the Al­la­habadHal­dia Na­tional Water­way-1 be­tween Al­la­habad-VaranasiBuxar-Pat­nand Hal­dia on Ganga-Bha­gi­rathi-Hooghly river and is known as Jal Marg Vikas. NW-1 has a to­tal length of 1,620 km in In­dia.

NW-1 is set to re­ceive an ini­tial $50 mil­lion fund­ing and tech­ni­cal support from the World Bank, which is ex­pected to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for the water­way project in­volv­ing the cre­ation of two bar­rages on the Al­la­habad-Hal­dia cargo and hu­man water­way route.

The 1,620-km stretch of the river was de­clared a na­tional water­way in 1986 and In­land Wa­ter­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia has de­vel­op­ing the chan­nel.

In Au­gust this year, the Min­istry of Shipping com­pleted the set­ting up of a mon­i­tor­ing unit for the project for which the de­tailed project re­port is cur­rently un­der­way.

The Hal­dia-Al­la­habad Na­tional Water­way project will make the river­ine trade route nav­i­ga­ble for the en­tire year and will also in­crease cargo han­dling ca­pac­ity of ves­sels to 1,200- 1,500 DWT. At present, the route is nav­i­ga­ble only for six months of a year.

The project, which is pro­posed to be im­ple­mented in five-six years, will in­clude dredg­ing so as to of­fer 3 me­tres of draft, strength­en­ing of open river nav­i­ga­tion tech­niques, river train­ing and con­ser­vancy, struc­tural im­prove­ment, mod­ern river in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, dig­i­tal GPS, night nav­i­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties and mod­ern meth­ods of chan­nel mark­ing.

The es­ti­mated ` 4,700-crore project on Ganga will have ter­mi­nals at Al­la­habad, Varanasi and Gazipur in Ut­tar Pradesh; Sahib­ganj in Bi­har; and Katwa in West Ben­gal, to fa­cil­i­tate trans­ship­ment and move­ment of bulk cargo on the river­ine trade route.

By 2020, the gov­ern­ment hopes that the Jal Marg Vikas project will en­able com­mer­cial nav­i­ga­tion of at least 1,500tonne ves­sels to Al­la­habad round the year, as well as cruise tours con­nect­ing re­li­gious places.

At present, cruise ships op­er­ate be­tween Kolkata and Varanasi for about eight months in a year.

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