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Government Of India
Ministry of Shipping
(26-April, 2016 16:24 IST )

Waterway Between Varanasi and Haldia

Under the Jal Marg Vikas Project, Government is developing  National Waterway-1 (NW-1)  (1620 km Haldia-Allahabad stretch) with   technical assistance and investment support from the World Bank for providing an assured depth of 2.5 to 3.0 metres in the fairway to enable safe navigation of at least 1,500-2000 ton vessels.  Phase-I of the project covers the Haldia-Varanasi stretch. The project would be completed by 2020-2021 at an estimated cost of approximately Rs. 4,200 crore.   The expenditure would cover strengthening of open river navigation techniques and hardware, river fairway and conservancy works, modern River Information System (RIS), Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), night navigation facilities, modern methods of channel marking, construction of a new navigational lock at Farakka, terminals at selected  locations and Ro-Ro/ ferry crossings at  s few locations on NW-1.


               Multimodal Terminals with rail and road connectivity would   be constructed at Varanasi, Haldia and Sahibganj. The details are given below:


Multimodal Terminal at Varanasi


The Project is being implemented in two Phases. Phase-I (A) is being implemented on 5.586 hectares of land at Ram Nagar, Varanasi, mainly for offshore works of the terminal. Tender process for Phase 1(A) has been completed and work awarded.

Multimodal Terminal at Haldia

61 acres of land has been taken on 30 years’ lease from the Haldia Dock Complex for construction of the terminal.

The estimated cost of construction of Phase-I of the terminal is Rs. 465 crore. Tender for Phase-1 of the Terminal has been published on 03.03.2016.




Multimodal Terminal at Sahibganj

The tender process for construction of Phase-I of the terminal at a cost of Rs. 292.10 crore is in progress. The requirement of land for the main terminal, rail and road connectivity, resettlement and rehabilitation of 235 households has been assessed at 241.63 acres, for which land acquisition proceedings are in progress.

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








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