Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first Multi-Modal Terminal on Ganga River in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. The prime minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is also the MP of the neighbouring Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency.
It was the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed on the National Waterway-1 (river Ganga) as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the World Bank.
PM Modi in Varanasi highlights: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates two national highways and an inland waterways project.
PM Modi launches projects to reduce pollution in Ganga
PM Modi said that he was lucky to be a part Ganga darshan today.
"Today's day is historic for all of Kashi, Purvanchal, east India and the whole of India. Today Varanasi and the whole country have become witness to that work of development which was supposed to be done decades ago but wasn't done", he said.
Many projects to strengthen the efforts to reduce pollution in the river Ganga have been dedicated to the people today.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari speaks on development plans for Varanasi
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the decision to use water as a mean of transport was taken in 1986 but no work was properly started before Modi ji became the PM in 2014. This year we will transport 80 lakh tonne of cargo. After this, within 1-2 years, 270 lakh tonnes of transport will be through the Ganga. If it takes Rs 10 to travel through road, Rs 6 through railways, then to go through water it will take Rs 1.
— BJP LIVE (@BJPLive) November 12, 2018
Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP)
The Jal Marg Vikas Project, implemented by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), involves the construction of three multi-modal terminals (Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia), two inter-modal terminals, five roll-on-roll-off terminal pairs, a new navigation lock at Farakka in West Bengal, integrated vessel repair and maintenance facility, differential GPS, river training and river information system. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the World Bank.
PM Narendra Modi received the first lot of containers moving on National Waterways-1
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first consignment of containers moving on the Ganga from Kolkata to Varanasi on November 12 as India revives its inland waterways for freight movement. The shipment of 16 containers owned by PepsiCo will reach the new multi-modal terminal dedicated to the nation by the PM. The Kolkata to Varanasi route is part of what is called National Waterways-1.
Prime Minister @narendramodi flags off the landing of the first container at Multi-Modal terminal in #Varanasi
Watch Live: https://t.co/2hKXbavkCU @nitin_gadkari @shipmin_india @myogiadityanath @UPGovt pic.twitter.com/sfD5yFC8PZ
— PIB India (@PIB_India) November 12, 2018
What is the Multi-Modal Terminal on River Ganga?
The Multi-Modal Terminal project on River Ganga was started in June 2016 and holds the terminal capacity of 1.26 MPTA. The terminal project in Varanasi is built at a cost of Rs 206 crores. The Jal Marg Vikas project (JMVP) is being implemented with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank, at an estimated cost of Rs. 5,369 crores on a 50:50 sharing basis between Government of India and the World Bank. Read more about multi-modal terminal project
Project aimed at promoting inland waterways
The multi-modal terminal is a part of the Central government's Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). The project aims the development of the strect between river Ganga and Varanasi for the navigation of large vessels.
Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the first multi modal terminal constructed on River Ganga pic.twitter.com/ozfx2HQvdv— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 12, 2018
Projects worth Rs 2000 crore to be inaugurated
Two highway projects and one inland waterway project to be a part of the Jal Marg Vikas Project in PM Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi. A sewage treatment plant to come at Dimapur.
Modi hits out at Congress
Making a strong pitch for development at a poll rally in Chhattisgarh, he said that the state would have never been able to achieve the growth under Congress which it has under the BJP-led government. The PM hit out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi for questioning the government’s demonetisation move, saying the “mother-son duo” was out on bail and “those out on bail should not give a certificate to Modi”.
Foundation stones for various projects
The prime minister will be laying foundation stones for a Drivers’ Training Institute for Varanasi district, a heliport in Ramnagar, a raised footpath on BHU Road etc. His announcements may also include a proposal for a meeting hall at Varanasi Circuit House.