On 29th Dec, another milestone is added in the development of the National Waterway-1 on river Ganga, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has awarded the contract to a major infrastructure company for constructing a INR 517 crore state-of-the-art multi-modal terminal at Haldia, West Bengal.
Six bids were received from major infrastructure companies and following a rigorous evaluation process, M/s ITD Cementation Limited was awarded the contract.
The construction of the terminal is expected to be completed by August, 2019. IWAI expects 7.95 Million Tonnes per Annum (MTPA) of cargo traffic at the Haldia terminal by 2020. The cargo projection for 2025 is 15.59 MTPA, growing up to 24.04 MTPA in 2045. Given its location, the terminal will be used to transport coal, fly-ash, chemicals, petroleum & gas, construction materials, fertilizers and edible items.
“The INR 517 crore inland water transport terminal at Haldia, with rail and road inter-connectivity, is one of the three multi-modal terminals to come up on river Ganga under the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) of IWAI. This is in line with IWAI’s commitment for a time-bound completion of work on NW-1″, said IWAI chairman Shri Amitabh Verma.
The contract for multi-modal terminals at Varanasi (INR 170 Cr) in Uttar Pradesh and Sahibganj (INR 280 cr) in Jharkhand were awarded earlier this year and construction works have started at both the locations. In November, IWAI awarded INR 359 cr contract for construction of a modern navigation lock at Farakka in West Bengal.
The Haldia terminal that will be spread across 61 acres of land at the Haldia Dock Complex will have facilities including berthing space for four vessels, stockyard for storing, belt conveyor system with fixed hoppers, barge loader, shore protection works, roads, ramps and parking area, and other terminal buildings.
The Government is developing the National Waterway-1 under the Jal Marg Vikas Project, with technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of INR 5369 crore. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500 -2,000 tons.
Phase-I of the project covers the Haldia – Varanasi stretch. The project includes development of fairway, three multi-modal terminals – at Varanasi, Haldia, and Sahibganj, strengthening of river navigation system, conservancy works, modern River Information System (RIS), Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), night navigation facilities, modern methods of channel marking, construction of a new state of the art navigation lock at Farakka.
Kind of cargo to be available for transportation:
Fly ash, Stone chips, Petroleum and Gas products, Fertilizer, Edible oil
Facilities at the Haldia terminal:
- Berthing space for four vessels
- Stockyard for storage
- Conveyor Belt System with fixed hoppers
- Barge Loader
- Shore Protection Works
- Roads, Ramps and Parking Area