Jal Marg Vikas Project for enhanced navigation on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1

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Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)
3 -January, 2018 02:28IST

Cabinet approves Jal Marg Vikas Project for enhanced navigation on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1) at a cost of Rs 5369.18 crore with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank. The Project is expected to be completed by March, 2023.

Major Impact:

  • Alternative mode of transport that will be environment friendly and cost effective. The project will contribute in bringing down the logistics cost in the country.
  • Mammoth Infrastructure development like multi-modal and inter-modal terminals, Roll on - Roll off (Ro-Ro) facilities, ferry services, navigation aids.
  • Socio-economic impetus; huge employment generation.
No. of beneficiaries:

  • NW-1 development & operations will lead to direct employment generation to the tune of 46,000 and indirect employment of 84,000 will be generated by vessel construction industry.
States/districts covered

  • States: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
  • Major Districts: Varanasi, Ghazipur, Ballia, Buxar, Chhapra, Vaishali, Patna, Begusarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj, Musrhidabad, Pakur, Hoogly, Kolkata.
Project details:

  • Funding pattern:
  • IBRD loan component: Rs. 2, 512 crore (US$ 375 million).
  • Government of India counterpart funds: Rs. 2,556 crore (US$ 380 million), to be sourced from budgetary allocation and proceeds from bond issue.
  • Private sector participation under PPP mode: Rs. 301 crore (US$45 million).
  • Major Components:
Fairway Development

Construction of the multi-modal terminal at Varanasi.

Construction of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj.

Construction of the multi-modal terminal at Haldia.

Construction of an inter-modal terminal at Kalughat .

Construction of an inter-modal terminal at Ghazipur.

Construction of a new navigation lock at Farakka.

Provision of navigational aids.

Construction of five pairs of Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) terminals.

Construction of Integrated Ship Repair and Maintenance Complexes.

Provision of River Information System (RIS) and Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)

Bank Protection works



Background:

  • One of the major problems for a commercially viable and safe navigation on NW-1 is low depth upstream of Farakka due to low discharges from tributaries and difficult hydro morphological characteristics of river Ganga.
  • A pilot study on the Allahabad-Ghazipur stretch was commissioned by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to find solutions to this problem.
  • Based on the findings of this study, a proposal for development of NW-1 at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,200 crore (US$ 700 million) was taken up for seeking technical assistance and investment support from the World Bank to the tune of US$ 350 million in three Phases.
  • Finance Minister announced JMVP in Budget Speech in July 2014, to enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 tonnes vessels in Ganga.
BACKGROUNDER NOTE



Implementation strategy/ and targets:

  • Fairway development through performance based contract for least assured depth of 2.2 metres to 3 metres and bottom channel width of 45 metres, bank protection works, and provisions of navigation aids.
Funding Pattern:

  • IBRD loan component: Rs. 2, 512 crore (US$ 375 million).
  • Government of India counterpart funds: Rs. 2, 556 crore (US$ 380 million), to be sourced from budgetary allocation and proceeds from bond issue.
  • Private sector participation under PPP mode: Rs. 301 crore (US$45 million).


Major interventions and their completion timeline:

S.No
Major milestones
Time Frame for completion/ Target date


1.
Fairway Development
March, 2023

2.
Construction of Phase-I of multi-modal terminal at Varanasi.
November, 2018

3.
Construction of Phase-I of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj.
March, 2019

4.
Construction of multi-modal terminal at Haldia.
March, 2019

5.
Construction of inter-modal terminal at Kalughat.
March, 2020

6.
Construction of inter-modal terminal at Ghazipur.
March, 2020

7.
Construction of intermodal terminal at Tribeni/Kalyani
March, 2020

8.
Construction of new navigational lock at Farakka.
March, 2019.

9.
Integrated Vessel Repair & Maintenance Complexes
March, 2020

10.
Construction of Ro-Ro jetties
March, 2020

11.
Vessel Procurement
March, 2019

12.
Land Acquisition and R&R/RAP
March,2019

13.
Provision of River Information System (RIS) and Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS).
March, 2020

14.
Bank protection works.
December, 2019

Details and progress of scheme already running:

  1. Construction of multi-modal terminal at Varanasi:
Contract for construction of Phase-I (A) of the terminal at an estimated cost of Rs.169.59 crore awarded in May, 2016. Physical progress of work: 25%.



  1. Construction of multi-modal terminal at Haldia:
Contract awarded for constructing a Rs 517.36 crore state-of-the-art multi-modal terminal at Haldia, West Bengal. Work initiated.



  1. Construction of multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj:
Contract for construction of phase-I (A) of the terminal at an estimated cost of Rs. 280.90 crore awarded in October, 2016. Physical progress of work: 25.62%



  1. Construction of a new navigation lock at Farakka Barrage:
Contract for construction of a new navigation lock at an estimated cost of Rs 359.19 crore awarded in November, 2016. Physical progress: 22.30%



  1. Least Assured Depth (LAD):
Tender process for fairway development through Performance Based Maintenance Dredging Contract for Provision of Least Assured Depth and quantity based dredging to provide a depth of 2.2 m to 3 metres between Farakka and Varanasi is being completed for awarding.



  1. Development of Kolkata and Patna terminals under PPP mode:
In order to scale up private investment in the IWT sector, IWAI has identified Kolkata terminal (GR Jetty-1, GR Jetty-II and BISN) and Patna terminal (Gaighat and Kalughat) for their development and operation under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode.


  1. Construction of Ro-Ro terminals: Locations: Rajmahal and Manikchak;Samdaghat and Manihari;Kahalgaon and Tintanga;Hasnapur and Bakhtiyarpur; and Buxar and Saraikota.


  1. Ferry terminals in six cities :
Contract awarded to a joint venture of Thompson Design Group (TDG), Boston (USA) and Infrastructure Architecture Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (USA) in December 2016 for identifying suitable locations for construction of ferry terminals in six cities - Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Munger, Kolkata and Haldia on NW-1.



  1. Design of inland vessels:
IWAI in August, 2016 signed a contract with M/s DST, Germany to design vessels, especially suited to navigate on NW-1. Consultancy completed with submission of stipulated 13 designs. Designs accepted by the Vetting Committee. Vessel testing is going on.



  1. River Information Services (RIS) on National Waterway -1:
IWAI has taken up a technologically challenging project of setting up of River Information Service System on NW-1 for the first time in India. River Information System (RIS) are equipment, hardware and software information technology (IT) related services designed to optimize traffic and transport processes in inland navigation.
 

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Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)
3 -January, 2018 02:28IST

Cabinet approves Jal Marg Vikas Project for enhanced navigation on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1) at a cost of Rs 5369.18 crore with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank. The Project is expected to be completed by March, 2023.

Major Impact:

  • Alternative mode of transport that will be environment friendly and cost effective. The project will contribute in bringing down the logistics cost in the country.
  • Mammoth Infrastructure development like multi-modal and inter-modal terminals, Roll on - Roll off (Ro-Ro) facilities, ferry services, navigation aids.
  • Socio-economic impetus; huge employment generation.
No. of beneficiaries:

  • NW-1 development & operations will lead to direct employment generation to the tune of 46,000 and indirect employment of 84,000 will be generated by vessel construction industry.
States/districts covered

  • States: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
  • Major Districts: Varanasi, Ghazipur, Ballia, Buxar, Chhapra, Vaishali, Patna, Begusarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj, Musrhidabad, Pakur, Hoogly, Kolkata.
Project details:

  • Funding pattern:
  • IBRD loan component: Rs. 2, 512 crore (US$ 375 million).
  • Government of India counterpart funds: Rs. 2,556 crore (US$ 380 million), to be sourced from budgetary allocation and proceeds from bond issue.
  • Private sector participation under PPP mode: Rs. 301 crore (US$45 million).
  • Major Components:
Fairway Development

Construction of the multi-modal terminal at Varanasi.

Construction of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj.

Construction of the multi-modal terminal at Haldia.

Construction of an inter-modal terminal at Kalughat .

Construction of an inter-modal terminal at Ghazipur.

Construction of a new navigation lock at Farakka.

Provision of navigational aids.

Construction of five pairs of Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) terminals.

Construction of Integrated Ship Repair and Maintenance Complexes.

Provision of River Information System (RIS) and Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)

Bank Protection works



Background:

  • One of the major problems for a commercially viable and safe navigation on NW-1 is low depth upstream of Farakka due to low discharges from tributaries and difficult hydro morphological characteristics of river Ganga.
  • A pilot study on the Allahabad-Ghazipur stretch was commissioned by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to find solutions to this problem.
  • Based on the findings of this study, a proposal for development of NW-1 at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,200 crore (US$ 700 million) was taken up for seeking technical assistance and investment support from the World Bank to the tune of US$ 350 million in three Phases.
  • Finance Minister announced JMVP in Budget Speech in July 2014, to enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 tonnes vessels in Ganga.
BACKGROUNDER NOTE



Implementation strategy/ and targets:


  • Fairway development through performance based contract for least assured depth of 2.2 metres to 3 metres and bottom channel width of 45 metres, bank protection works, and provisions of navigation aids.
Funding Pattern:

  • IBRD loan component: Rs. 2, 512 crore (US$ 375 million).
  • Government of India counterpart funds: Rs. 2, 556 crore (US$ 380 million), to be sourced from budgetary allocation and proceeds from bond issue.
  • Private sector participation under PPP mode: Rs. 301 crore (US$45 million).


Major interventions and their completion timeline:

S.No
Major milestones
Time Frame for completion/ Target date


1.
Fairway Development
March, 2023

2.
Construction of Phase-I of multi-modal terminal at Varanasi.
November, 2018

3.
Construction of Phase-I of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj.
March, 2019

4.
Construction of multi-modal terminal at Haldia.
March, 2019

5.
Construction of inter-modal terminal at Kalughat.
March, 2020

6.
Construction of inter-modal terminal at Ghazipur.
March, 2020

7.
Construction of intermodal terminal at Tribeni/Kalyani
March, 2020

8.
Construction of new navigational lock at Farakka.
March, 2019.

9.
Integrated Vessel Repair & Maintenance Complexes
March, 2020

10.
Construction of Ro-Ro jetties
March, 2020

11.
Vessel Procurement
March, 2019

12.
Land Acquisition and R&R/RAP
March,2019

13.
Provision of River Information System (RIS) and Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS).
March, 2020

14.
Bank protection works.
December, 2019

Details and progress of scheme already running:

  1. Construction of multi-modal terminal at Varanasi:
Contract for construction of Phase-I (A) of the terminal at an estimated cost of Rs.169.59 crore awarded in May, 2016. Physical progress of work: 25%.



  1. Construction of multi-modal terminal at Haldia:
Contract awarded for constructing a Rs 517.36 crore state-of-the-art multi-modal terminal at Haldia, West Bengal. Work initiated.



  1. Construction of multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj:
Contract for construction of phase-I (A) of the terminal at an estimated cost of Rs. 280.90 crore awarded in October, 2016. Physical progress of work: 25.62%



  1. Construction of a new navigation lock at Farakka Barrage:
Contract for construction of a new navigation lock at an estimated cost of Rs 359.19 crore awarded in November, 2016. Physical progress: 22.30%



  1. Least Assured Depth (LAD):
Tender process for fairway development through Performance Based Maintenance Dredging Contract for Provision of Least Assured Depth and quantity based dredging to provide a depth of 2.2 m to 3 metres between Farakka and Varanasi is being completed for awarding.



  1. Development of Kolkata and Patna terminals under PPP mode:
In order to scale up private investment in the IWT sector, IWAI has identified Kolkata terminal (GR Jetty-1, GR Jetty-II and BISN) and Patna terminal (Gaighat and Kalughat) for their development and operation under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode.


  1. Construction of Ro-Ro terminals: Locations: Rajmahal and Manikchak;Samdaghat and Manihari;Kahalgaon and Tintanga;Hasnapur and Bakhtiyarpur; and Buxar and Saraikota.


  1. Ferry terminals in six cities :
Contract awarded to a joint venture of Thompson Design Group (TDG), Boston (USA) and Infrastructure Architecture Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (USA) in December 2016 for identifying suitable locations for construction of ferry terminals in six cities - Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Munger, Kolkata and Haldia on NW-1.



  1. Design of inland vessels:
IWAI in August, 2016 signed a contract with M/s DST, Germany to design vessels, especially suited to navigate on NW-1. Consultancy completed with submission of stipulated 13 designs. Designs accepted by the Vetting Committee. Vessel testing is going on.



  1. River Information Services (RIS) on National Waterway -1:
IWAI has taken up a technologically challenging project of setting up of River Information Service System on NW-1 for the first time in India. River Information System (RIS) are equipment, hardware and software information technology (IT) related services designed to optimize traffic and transport processes in inland navigation.
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I think this project will transform many cities situated on the banks of river Ganga and new smart cities will also appear Alongwith freight villages lots of jobs will be created
 

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Varanasi to Myanmar possible but don't know about Bangkok. Round the clock Varanasi to Haldia would be a phenomenal achievement if it can be obtained.
Varanasi to Haldia is partially operational cargo ships are already moving after dredging is complete big ships will move
River Ganga is Huge in Bihar , Jharkhand and Bengal it can easily accommodate big ships government has planned to develop NW1 as an economic corridor
 

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Varanasi to Haldia is partially operational cargo ships are already moving after dredging is complete big ships will move
River Ganga is Huge in Bihar , Jharkhand and Bengal it can easily accommodate big ships government has planned to develop NW1 as an economic corridor
What about the electric cargo ship being manufactured for norway , we can use it too for our inland waterway's
 

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Varanasi to Haldia is partially operational cargo ships are already moving after dredging is complete big ships will move
River Ganga is Huge in Bihar , Jharkhand and Bengal it can easily accommodate big ships government has planned to develop NW1 as an economic corridor
I checked google earth on this and found the problem to be in the Bengal area. The river gets very narrow on that stretch specially the Farakka to Haldia stretch.
 

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I checked google earth on this and found the problem to be in the Bengal area. The river gets very narrow on that stretch specially the Farakka to Haldia stretch.
No matter how narrow it gets Ganga is always wider than Suez or Panama Canal
The Width of river Ganga ranges from 1.6 to 8km
the Suez canal consisted of a channel barely 8 metres (26 feet) deep, 22 metres (72 feet) wide at the bottom, and 61 to 91 metres (200 to 300 feet) wide at the surface.
River Ganga is narrow in Uttarakhand and Some parts of Uttar Pradesh but After Kanpur it starts getting Big entering Bihar more rivers join Ganga like Koshi , Gandak etc and it becomes gigantic it expands further in west Bengal and Bangladesh
 
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Maiden consignment of products thru inland waterway left for India
 

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Cochin Shipyard’s shipbuilding facility in West Bengal to be operation by June
 

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India is a country where the logistic cost is high. It is above 10% of the material cost. Gadkari says that it can be reduced by 4% to 5%. This is very exciting. I saw one of his interview in which he says that his department consumes 40% of Cement and steel produced in India. The quotations for new projects are are coming 30 to 32% lower than the estimated cost. One tunnel which connects Kashmir is in progress. Initial tenders were 11000 crore which cancelled. New tenders has 5000 crore value. Toll tax collection increased by 10000 crore to 34000 crore compared to last year. Toll tax collection is going to witness a big rise in coming years. He said that his department build a RCC road of 2.5 KM in a single day which is a world record. His department build a Tar road of 24 KM in a single day which is also a world rerecord. He said that India's highways will be comparable to best anywhere.

Good things are happening. This need to continue uninterrupted for a year.
 

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India is a country where the logistic cost is high. It is above 10% of the material cost. Gadkari says that it can be reduced by 4% to 5%. This is very exciting. I saw one of his interview in which he says that his department consumes 40% of Cement and steel produced in India. The quotations for new projects are are coming 30 to 32% lower than the estimated cost. One tunnel which connects Kashmir is in progress. Initial tenders were 11000 crore which cancelled. New tenders has 5000 crore value. Toll tax collection increased by 10000 crore to 34000 crore compared to last year. Toll tax collection is going to witness a big rise in coming years. He said that his department build a RCC road of 2.5 KM in a single day which is a world record. His department build a Tar road of 24 KM in a single day which is also a world rerecord. He said that India's highways will be comparable to best anywhere.

Good things are happening. This need to continue uninterrupted for a year.
Nothing can beat inland waterways in cost effectiveness USA and China transport 45-50% of their freight through inland waterways Vietnam(45-50%) and Bangladesh(30-35%) too
China has created an entire economic belt along Yangtze River which generates 40% of their GDP we could have done the same along river Ganga in Eastern UP , Bihar , Jharkhand and Bengal as well as in Brahmaputra river in Northeastern states
In India we ignored our waterways because building roads gives you more votes as people often see it and Use it that’s why we failed to become like China there are many other reasons too
 

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Nothing can beat inland waterways in cost effectiveness USA and China transport 45-50% of their freight through inland waterways Vietnam(45-50%) and Bangladesh(30-35%) too
China has created an entire economic belt along Yangtze River which generates 40% of their GDP we could have done the same along river Ganga in Eastern UP , Bihar , Jharkhand and Bengal as well as in Brahmaputra river in Northeastern states
In India we ignored our waterways because building roads gives you more votes as people often see it and Use it that’s why we failed to become like China there are many other reasons too
Roads are the first step and cheaper and quite wide uses .


Waterways are the requirements but require investment also , industry need to be setup close to it , it is happening , should have happened earlier but roads are necessary for other pupose too
 

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Roads are the first step and cheaper and quite wide uses .


Waterways are the requirements but require investment also , industry need to be setup close to it , it is happening , should have happened earlier but roads are necessary for other pupose too
We have a place called alappey in kerala
The waterways are very developed and sophisticated, there are no delays(atleast in my experience)
Certain places there are more reliant on waterways than roads
 
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