Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for the development work of Ghagra River as National Waterway-40 on October 9, 2018 at Basti in Uttar Pradesh.
The project is a part of the Sagarmala Programme of the Union Ministry of Shipping.
Ghagra river as National Waterway
• The waterway will stretch from Manjhighat at Ganga-Gaghra river confluence to Faizabad or Ayodhya along Gaghra River for a length of 354 km.
• This stretch was declared as National Waterway (NW)-40 during the year 2016, as part of Government’s renewed push to develop inland waterways sector in the country.
• Together with National Waterway-1 (on river Ganga), NW-40 will prove to be a major transport modal choice for cargo and passenger movement.
• The Detailed Project Report on the development of NW-40 envisages terminal at five locations – Ayodhya, Mahirpur (Tanda/Kalwari), Dohrighat, Tortipar and Manjhighat.
How the development is being carried out?
• The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), under Ministry of Shipping, has already initiated work in Phase –I with project cost of Rs 11.6 crore.
• The authority has constructed the floating terminal at Tanda/Kalwari to facilitate cargo and passenger movement on River Ghagra and River Ganga.
• Under Phase 1, the draft of 2 metre and width of 45 metre will be constructed in addition to floating terminals through Pontoon-Gangway at two locations- Tanda/Kalwari and Manjhighat.
• The first phase works are scheduled to be completed by 2019-20.
• The Detailed Project Planning (DPR) on NW-40 involves movement of various categories of cargo such as agricultural products (rice, wheat, pulses, sugar, livestock), industrials products, coal (for Tanda power plant), coarse sand, bricks, paper products, leather and other general goods through inland vessel capacity up to 1000 tonne.
This waterway is being classified as class-III waterway which envisages movement of up to 1000 ton capacity vessels.
Besides cargo and passenger movement, NW-40 will provide a connectivity to tourist and pilgrimage places along river Gaghra and Ganga.
Sagarmala Project in brief
• Sagarmala Project is associated with maritime, waterways and coastline in India.
• The Union Government approved the Sagarmala Project on March 25, 2015 to harness India’s 7,500 km long coastline and 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways.
• Approximately 95 percent (by volume) of trade of Indian merchandise occurs via seaways and there was a need for a systematic approach for development of coastline.
• Sagarmala project is an answer to that need. It provides a comprehensive development of coastline and maritime sector.
• Sagarmala Project is aimed at reducing cost and time of transporting domestic cargo and locating future industrial capacities near the coast so as to lower logistics cost of bulk commodities.
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