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

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Mr Gandakari was saying that we will make jetties and terminals with government funds where economic viability is less but will invite private players in those areas where economic viability is more I think that’s the reason he decided to make multimodal terminals in Haldia , Sahibganj and Varanasi with government funds but offering Patna and Kolkata port to be built by private players but Bhagalpur is also a big city with a population of around 5-6 lakh does it have economic viability? Can it attract an investment of INR 300-500 crore from some private player for making a port facility?
 
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We should have these in our inland waterway terminals for mooring vessels it will reduce the labour cost and make transportation more efficient
 

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Bhagalpur is also a big city with a population of around 5-6 lakh does it have economic viability? Can it attract an investment of INR 300-500 crore from some private player for making a port facility?
I don't think any city/town/district in Bihar has any credible cluster of industries. So if going by industries, I don't see any viability. But Industries can be set up. Given the waterway starts; these banks will have easy access to the sea, cheap labor concentration, plus close proximity with resource-rich central India, So viability is not there, but the potential to create a viable ecosystem exists. All of this depends on the internet.

Another thing is, entire Bihar is heavily invested in vegetable farming, So the government might also become an investor to allow easy mobilization of products.

Another thing is if we look into NWs passing through UP and Bihar We find the list as follows:
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Actually, we can see from here that avg length of these NWs is high compared o other parts of India; plus these are perennial rivers. So an entire transportation ecosystem can be developed with these rivers as the backbone. This fits perfectly with the idea of Mr. Gadkari to give the waterway the front role and put roadways and railways behind them.
 

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So this is how the freight will flow through national waterway 1
Freight from entire North India will come to Varanasi Multimodal Terminal and from there it will pass through national waterway 1 to Bay of Bengal
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This Waterway is part of Amritsar Delhi Kolkata Economic Corridor
 

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I don't think any city/town/district in Bihar has any credible cluster of industries. So if going by industries, I don't see any viability. But Industries can be set up. Given the waterway starts; these banks will have easy access to the sea, cheap labor concentration, plus close proximity with resource-rich central India, So viability is not there, but the potential to create a viable ecosystem exists. All of this depends on the internet.

Another thing is, entire Bihar is heavily invested in vegetable farming, So the government might also become an investor to allow easy mobilization of products.

Another thing is if we look into NWs passing through UP and Bihar We find the list as follows:
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Actually, we can see from here that avg length of these NWs is high compared o other parts of India; plus these are perennial rivers. So an entire transportation ecosystem can be developed with these rivers as the backbone. This fits perfectly with the idea of Mr. Gadkari to give the waterway the front role and put roadways and railways behind them.
Kosi river is not a gigantic river like Ganga but it can serve entire Nepal as Nepal is not a big country
River Ganga is So huge in Bihar it can carry Ships weighing 2000 tonnes easily , that’s why I think this project will transform the economy of entire north India
North India depends on kandla port in Gujrat and Mumbai port in Maharashtra this waterway will eliminate the dependence of North India on these ports road and rail traffic will also reduce significantly decreasing cost and loss of human lives in accidents
 

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Kosi river is not a gigantic river like Ganga but it can serve entire Nepal as Nepal is not a big country
River Ganga is So huge in Bihar it can carry Ships weighing 2000 tonnes easily , that’s why I think this project will transform the economy of entire north India
North India depends on kandla port in Gujrat and Mumbai port in Maharashtra this waterway will eliminate the dependence of North India on these ports road and rail traffic will also reduce significantly decreasing cost and loss of human lives in accidents
What about narmada in mp , that is good enough
 

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What is the current status of this project?
It’s partially operational from Varanasi to Haldia but will get fully operational after 2023 and from then the cargo movement will keep increasing terminals will keep expanding and new terminals will keep coming up with increasing traffic
Government data shows that cargo movement by IWT has increased to 72.31 mt in fiscal 2019 from 55.03 mt in fiscal 2018 with plans to push it up to 150 mt by 2025.
 

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It’s partially operational from Varanasi to Haldia but will get fully operational after 2023 and from then the cargo movement will keep increasing terminal will keep expanding and new terminals will keep coming up with increasing traffic
Government data shows that cargo movement by IWT has increased to 72.31 mt in fiscal 2019 from 55.03 mt in fiscal 2018 with plans to push it up to 150 mt by 2025.
I bet they will over achieve it
 

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I bet they will over achieve it
government has raised the target of cargo movement through coastal shipping as 230 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) by 2025 compared to 120 MTPA in the year 2018-19.
And target of 150 mt through national waterway 1 itself shows how important this waterway is going to be for India
Sometimes I think why congress didn’t develop waterways for last 70 years on the other hand China and USA made huge investments in their inland waterways today they’re transporting 45-50% of their freight using inland waterways and earning from tourism as well
 

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1 IWT Vessel can carry freight equivalent to 125 trucks(10 wheels) better and bigger vessels will come in future which will have more capacity

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