Modi to open Multi-Modal Terminal in Varanasi
■ This is the first of the three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter Modal Terminals being constructed on Ganga with a cost of Rs 206.84 crore in the first phase
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal (MMT ) on river Ganga at Varanasi on Monday, the Government said.
This is the first of the three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter Modal Terminals being constructed on Ganga (National Waterways 1) with a cost of Rs 206.84 crore in the first phase.
“The Multi-Modal Terminals are being built as part of the Government’s Jal Marg Vikas project that aims to develop the stretch of river Ganga between Varanasi to Haldia for navigation of large vessels up to 1,500-2,000 tonnes weight, by maintaining a drought of 2-3 metres in this stretch of the river and setting up other systems required for safe navigation,” the Ministry of Shipping said in a statement on Thursday.
“The Jal Marg Vikas Project ( JMVP) is being implemented on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1 (NW-1) with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank, at an estimated cost of Rs 5,369.18 crores (USD 800 million, of which USD 375 is IBRD loan) on a 50:50 sharing basis between Government of India and the World Bank,” the statement said.
Priests offer prayers during the celebration of Annakut Mahotsav at ISKCON temple in Bengaluru, on Thursday.