New Delhi: Minister for transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for an intermodal terminal at Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, shipping ministry said in a statement.
The terminal on National Waterway 1 (NW1) will help connect the national capital region with eastern and north-eastern India and neighbouring nations such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Nepal. It will be constructed on river Ganga at a cost of ₹ 155 crore. The project is being implemented by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
The Ghazipur terminal will aid in the efficient movement of large and small cargo by providing options for both land and water transportation as well as the option of intermodal switching. Spread across 8 hectares, the terminal will have a terminal building with a cargo handling capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum along with facilities such as storage areas and sheds.
According to the government’s plans, IWAI will have liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facility at Ghazipur terminal as LNG-fuelled vessels will be used on NW1. The first phase of terminal construction is expected to be completed by April 2020.
The intermodal terminal at Ghazipur is one of the several sub projects under the Rs5,369 crore Jal Marg Vikas project. The other sub projects include construction of three multi-modal terminals at Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia; a new navigational lock at Farakka, bank protection works, river navigation system, construction of Ro-Ro terminals and another intermodal terminal at Kalughat. IWAI is building this infrastructure along Ganga or NW1 to make the river navigable for cargo vessels.
The development of NW1 would result in an environment-friendly, fuel-efficient and cost-effective alternative mode of transportation, especially for bulk goods, hazardous goods and over dimensional cargo. NW1 is an important constituent of the Eastern Transport Corridor of India, along with the proposed Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor and National Highway 2.