PM Narendra Modi inaugurates first multi modal terminal on River Ganga in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first multi-modal terminal on the River Ganga in Varanasi on Monday.

He received the India’s first container cargo transported on inland waterways from Kolkata. This first consignment consisting of food and beverage had set sail from Kolkata in the October last week.

Narendra Modi photo

Narendra Modi. Photo courtesy of PMIndia.gov.in.

Narendra Modi was accompanied by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Nitin Gadkari, Union Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister and BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is also MP of Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency.

Aided by the World Bank, this is the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed on river Ganga as part of the Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.

This project is estimated to a total cost of Rs 5,349.18 crore that will be equally shared between the Government of India and the World Bank.


Narendra Modi was given detailed presentation of the waterways and also shown a short film on the viability of the waterways between Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Haldia in West Bengal after he arrived in Varanasi.

As per the official statement, the Centre’s Jal Marg Vikas Project aims at developing the stretch of the river between Varanasi and Haldia for navigation of large vessels weighing up to 1,500 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes. Its objective is to promote inland waterways as a cheap and environment-friendly means of transportation, especially for cargo movement.

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency and entails construction of three multi-modal terminals in Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia, two inter-modal terminals, five roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal pairs, new navigation lock at Farakka in West Bengal, assured depth dredging, integrated vessel repair and maintenance facility, differential global positioning system (DGPS), river information system (RIS), river training.

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