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Prime Minister to inaugurate India’s second riverine multimodal terminal at Sahibganj on Sept. 12

To provide Indo-Nepal-Bangladesh & North-East cargo connectivity through waterways

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, will dedicate to the nation India’s second riverine multimodal terminal built at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on September 12, 2019. He will inaugurate the state-of-art terminal through a two-way digital communication system at an event in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge), Mr Mansukh Mandaviya, will be present at Sahibganj, said a release.

Built at a cost of Rs 290 crore in a record time of about two years, the Prime Minister himself had laid the foundation stone of IWAI’s Sahibganj multimodal terminal in April 2017. This is the second of the three multimodal terminals being constructed on the river Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). Earlier, in November 2018, the Prime Minister had inaugurated the MMT at Varanasi.

The Sahibganj terminal is expected to open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways route. It will play an important role in the 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 some of the other commodities expected to be transported through the terminal, the release informed.

The convergence of road-rail-river transport at Sahibganj through the new multimodal terminal will connect this part of the hinterland to Kolkata, Haldia and further to the Bay of Bengal. Also, Sahibganj will get connected to the North-East states through Bangladesh by the river-sea route. 

The capacity of the terminal is 30 lakh tonnes per annum. It will grow to 54.8 lakh tonnes per annum after an investment of Rs 376 crore for capacity enhancement in Phase II under PPP mode. The development in Phase II will be entirely made by the private concessionaire. Further, a freight village is also proposed on 335 acres of land in contiguity with the terminal.

The dimensions of the terminal jetty are length 270 m x width 25 m with berthing and mooring facility. It has one mobile harbour crane.

Multimodal terminals are being built as part of the 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 draught of 2-3 metres in this stretch of the river and setting up other systems required for safe navigation. The objective is to promote inland waterways as a cheaper and more environment-friendly means of transport, especially for cargo movement. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency, the release added.


Source : Exim News Service - New Delhi, Sept. 10


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