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Government of India
Ministry of Shipping
19-March-2015 16:49 IST
Jal Marg Vikas

The ‘Jal Marg Vikas’ (National Waterway-1) project envisages to develop a fairway with 3 meters depth between Allahabad to Haldia covering a distance of 1620 kms at an estimated cost of Rs. 4200 crore to be completed in six years. This would enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 ton vessels. For implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project, technical assistance and investment support is being provided by the World Bank. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) through selected Consultancy firms will conduct (i) Detailed Feasibility Study and Detailed Engineering for Ancillary works on National Waterway-1; (ii) Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP); and (iii) IWT Sector Development Strategy and Market Development Study during 2015-16. The actual developmental works and the interventions required in the project would be decided based on the outcome of the above studies.

This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.