Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated India's first multimodal Ganga terminal in his parliamentary constituency and received the country's first cargo container cargo ship on inland waterways from Kolkata.
The first shipment containing food and drink had left Kolkata during the last week of October.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, the Minister of Transport and Transport of Great Britain, Nitin Gadkari, and the President of the BJP State, Mahendra Nath Pandey , also a member of the neighboring constituency of Chandauli Lok Sabha.
It is the first of four multimodal terminals built on National Waterway 1 (Ganga River) as part of the World Bank's Jal Marg Vikas project funded by the Inland Waterways Authority of India.
The total estimated cost of the project is RUB 5,369.18 billion, which will be shared equally between the Government of India and the World Bank.
Earlier, upon his arrival here, the Prime Minister was given a detailed presentation of the waterways and watched a short film on the viability of the waterways between Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and Haldia (West Bengal).
According to a statement, the Center's Jal Marg Vikas project aims to develop the section of the river between Varanasi and Haldia for the navigation of large vessels weighing between 1,500 and 2,000 tonnes.
Its aim is to promote inland waterways as a cheap and environmentally friendly means of transport, especially for the transport of goods. The Authority of Inland Waterways of India (IWAI) is the executing agency of the project.
The project includes the construction of three multimodal terminals (Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia), two intermodal terminals, five pairs of ro-ro terminals, a new navigation lock at Farakka, West Bengal, ensured deep dredging, integrated ship repair and maintenance facility, differential global positioning system (DGPS), river information system (RIS), river formation.