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Another achievement of IWAI: PM to inaugurate second MMT on Ganga

PM Modi will dedicate to the nation India’s second riverine Multi Modal terminal built under Jal Marg Vikas Project at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on 12 September, 2019. The PM will also inaugurate state-of-the-art terminal through a two-way digital communication system in Ranchi. Built at a cost of Rs 290 crore in about two years the project was implemented by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). it will open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways route.

 

PM himself had laid the foundation stone of Sahibganj MMT in April, 2017. This is the second of the three MMT being constructed on river Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).  Earlier, in November, 2018 the Prime Minister had inaugurated the MMT at Varanasi.

 

This will open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways. It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines in Rajmahal area to various thermal power plants located along NW-1. Other than coal, stone chips, fertilisers, cement and sugar are other commodities expected to be transported through the terminal.  This will help creating direct employment of about 600 people and indirect employment of about 3000 people in the region.

10 Sep 2019
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IWAI keeps its promise: PM receives first batch of containers transported on NW-1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first consignment of containers moving on the Ganga from Kolkata to Varanasi on November 12 as the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) kept its promise and established the National Waterways-1 between Kolkata and Varanasi within the targeted deadline.

 

Inaugurating the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed on the National Waterway-1 (river Ganga) as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India, PM Modi said that he was lucky to be a part Ganga darshan today. "Today's day is historic for all of Kashi, Purvanchal, east India and the whole of India. Today Varanasi and the whole country have become witness to that work of development which was supposed to be done decades ago but wasn't done", he said. Many projects to strengthen the efforts to reduce pollution in the river Ganga have been dedicated to the people today.

 

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is also the MP of the neighboring Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency.

 

The Jal Marg Vikas Project, implemented by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), involves the construction of three multi-modal terminals (Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia), two inter-modal terminals, five roll-on-roll-off terminal pairs, a new navigation lock at Farakka in West Bengal, integrated vessel repair and maintenance facility, differential GPS, river training and river information system. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the World Bank.

 

Explaining the benefits to accrue from IWAI project, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari pointed out that while it takes Rs 10 a KM to travel through road, Rs 6 through railways, river transport would merely cost Re 01. 

 

He said though the decision to use water as a means of transport was taken in 1986, no work was properly started before Modi Ji became the PM in 2014. This year we will transport 80 lakh tonnes of cargo through the Ganga. After this, within 1-2 years, 270 lakh tonnes of cargo will be transported through the Ganga, he added.

12 Nov 2018
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Another achievement of IWAI: PM to inaugurate second MMT on Ganga

By IndianMandarins 10 Sep 2019

PM Modi will dedicate to the nation India’s second riverine Multi Modal terminal built under Jal Marg Vikas Project at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on 12 September, 2019. The PM will also inaugurate state-of-the-art terminal through a two-way digital communication system in Ranchi. Built at a cost of Rs 290 crore in about two years the project was implemented by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). it will open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways route.

 

PM himself had laid the foundation stone of Sahibganj MMT in April, 2017. This is the second of the three MMT being constructed on river Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).  Earlier, in November, 2018 the Prime Minister had inaugurated the MMT at Varanasi.

 

This will open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways. It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines in Rajmahal area to various thermal power plants located along NW-1. Other than coal, stone chips, fertilisers, cement and sugar are other commodities expected to be transported through the terminal.  This will help creating direct employment of about 600 people and indirect employment of about 3000 people in the region.

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IWAI keeps its promise: PM receives first batch of containers transported on NW-1

By IndianMandarins 12 Nov 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first consignment of containers moving on the Ganga from Kolkata to Varanasi on November 12 as the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) kept its promise and established the National Waterways-1 between Kolkata and Varanasi within the targeted deadline.

 

Inaugurating the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed on the National Waterway-1 (river Ganga) as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India, PM Modi said that he was lucky to be a part Ganga darshan today. "Today's day is historic for all of Kashi, Purvanchal, east India and the whole of India. Today Varanasi and the whole country have become witness to that work of development which was supposed to be done decades ago but wasn't done", he said. Many projects to strengthen the efforts to reduce pollution in the river Ganga have been dedicated to the people today.

 

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is also the MP of the neighboring Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency.

 

The Jal Marg Vikas Project, implemented by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), involves the construction of three multi-modal terminals (Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia), two inter-modal terminals, five roll-on-roll-off terminal pairs, a new navigation lock at Farakka in West Bengal, integrated vessel repair and maintenance facility, differential GPS, river training and river information system. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the World Bank.

 

Explaining the benefits to accrue from IWAI project, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari pointed out that while it takes Rs 10 a KM to travel through road, Rs 6 through railways, river transport would merely cost Re 01. 

 

He said though the decision to use water as a means of transport was taken in 1986, no work was properly started before Modi Ji became the PM in 2014. This year we will transport 80 lakh tonnes of cargo through the Ganga. After this, within 1-2 years, 270 lakh tonnes of cargo will be transported through the Ganga, he added.

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NW-1 sees first contanerized cargo movement; a leap towards Sagarmala

By IndianMandarins 02 Nov 2018

It was the first leap step in the direction of realizing the Sagarmala dream. Setting a historical record last week, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) dispatched a transport containerised cargo belonging to PepsiCo from Kolkata to Varanasi. Sixteen containers sailed from Kolkata to Varanasi on the Ganga (National Waterway-1) on vessel MV RN Tagore. The vessel MV RN Tagore will reach Varanasi in 9-10 days. The vessel will make its return journey with fertilizers belonging to IFFCO that will be procured from its Phulpur plant near Allahabad. It may be mentioned that NW-01 carries cargo of 5.4 million tons per annum though its for the first time it carried containerised cargo. 


Secretary (Shipping) Gopal Krishna along with IWAI Chairman Pravir Pandey, Member (Traffic) Shashibhushan Shukla and other senior Government officials had the honor of flagging off the vessel carrying the consignment in the presence of PepsiCo representatives.


Inland waterways cargo transport comes with several inherent advantages - reduced handling cost, easier modal shift, reduced pilferages and damage, and low carbon footprints.


The government is developing NW-1 (River Ganga) under JMVP from Haldia to Varanasi (1390 Km) with the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 5,369 crore.

IWAI is pilot several experimental movements on National Waterways on various stretches. More than 15 of them have already been successfully completed, including integrated movements through NW-1 (Ganga), Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route and NW-2 (Brahmaputra). 


Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari had earlier said that his ministry was working on a plan to convert more than 100 rivers into national waterways.

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Sonowal launches RoRo Vessel Services for Majuli River Island

By IndianMandarins 11 Oct 2018

Reaching the river island Majuli could be a great fun. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off a new Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) vessel named, MV Bhupen Hazarika to connect Kamalabari in Majuli River island with Neemati Ghat in Jorhat district at a function held at Majuli. This will enhance the connectivity with the island immediately.

 

The new Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) service launched in collaboration between the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Government of Assam is expected to provide much needed safe and fast connectivity for Majuli island, the largest inhabited river island on the earth.

 

The Ro-Ro service, will cut down the travel time on circuitous road route of 421 km that trucks take from Neemati to Majuli island via Tezpur Road Bridge by limiting the distance to only 12.7 km across the river route.

 

The vessel which is 46.50-meter-long and 13.30-meter-wide has the carrying capacity of eight loaded trucks and 100 passengers besides a number of small cars. The vessel has one main engine apart from two other supporting engines. MV Bhupen Hazarika can sail at the speed of 22 km per hour.

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Pravir Pandey gets additional charge as IWAI Chairman

By IndianMandarins 02 Aug 2018

The Union Shipping Ministry has given the additional charge of the post of Chairman, Inland Waterways  Authority  of  India (IWAI) to Pravir Pandey. The IWAI top post fell vacant after Ms Nutan Guha Biswas (IAS:1983:UT) demitted  office  on 31  July  2018  on superannuation.

Pandey, a 1988 batch officer of Indian Audit & Accounts Service, is Vice Chairman of IWAI. The Ministry issued the order to this effect on August 02. He will continue as IWAI Chairman till the appointment of a regular incumbent.

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IWAI launches FOCAL to enable interactions among shippers, vessel owners

By IndianMandarins 01 Aug 2018

With aim to facilitate shippers and cargo owners with real time data on availability of vessels, the Inland Waterways Authority (IWAI) of India has launched a dedicated portal, e-connect.

 

Named as the Forum of Cargo-Owners And Logistics-Operators (FOCAL), the link of the portal is available on the homepage of IWAI website www.iwai.nic.in.

 

This e-connect measure will enable direct interaction among the vessel operators, shippers and cargo owners as currently, there is no platform to know the availability of vessels in the market.

 

The IWAI in a statement released on Wednesday said that the portal was launched by Authority’s chairperson Nutan Guha Biswas on Tuesday.

It further added that FOCAL will facilitate responses from the logistic operators against the requirement raised by cargo owners and vice-versa.

 

According to the statement, the users can register on the portal to key in the availability and details of vessels or the available cargo, as the case may be. Cargo owners will be able to put details like the origin, destination, type of cargo and others.

 

The government is developing national waterways as a key transport intervention, as part of an integrated transport network strategy, which will help correct the transport modal mix that imposes huge logistics costs on the Indian economy. At present the cost of logistics in India, at 15 per cent of GDP, is about twice those in the United States.

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IWAI Chairman: Interim arrangement yet awaited

By IndianMandarins 01 Aug 2018

Even though Inland Waterways Authority of India Chairman Ms Nutan Guha Biswas (IAS:1983:UT) demitted office yesterday (31 July 2018) on superannuation the NaMo administration is yet to appoint her successor or make an interim arrangement by giving additional charge of any senior official.


Reportedly, a formal announcement may be made by evening today.

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