Bhubaneswar, 30 June-2014: Odisha Government today signs MoU with IWAI, Paradeep Port, Dhamara Port to develop the National Water Way Number-5.
The MoU was signed between Chairman, Inland Waterway Authority of India Amitabh Verma, Commerce & Transport Secretary G. Mathivatnan, Paradeep Port Chairman Sudhansu Mishra and Dhamara Port CEO Santosh Mohapatra.
A brief presentation was made on the project by IWAI authority. Among others, Commerce & Transport Minister Shri Ramesh Ch. Majhi, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, ACS Finance and other senior officers attended the function. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was present on the occasion.
CM Naveen Patnaik said that, “I am glad that the Inland Waterway Authority of India, Government of India, Government of Odisha, Paradeep Port and the Dhamra Port are signing an MoU today to develop the National Water Way Number-5.”
CM Naveen Patnaik said that, “These organisations will work in tandem to connect and develop the inland waterway between Talcher, Kalinga Nagar, Dhamra and Paradeep. This will provide water transport facilities to industrial hubs at Talcher, Angul, Kalinga Nagar, Dhamra Port and Paradeep Port.”
CM Naveen Patnaik further said that, “The State Government will provide land free of cost and all possible assistance to fast track the project. The project is expected to be completed in three years, that is by June 2017. The waterway will provide an economical and environment friendly transport system. It would also help reduce the burden of existing road and rail network. I congratulate and thank the concerned authorities for their commitment to explore alternative and improved transport facilities to support the existing system.”
For development of Inland Water Transport, Government of India have enacted the Act “National Waterway (Talcher – Dhamra stretch of rivers, Geonkhali – Charbatia stretch of East Coast Canal, Charbatia — Dhamra stretch of Matai river and Mahanadi Delta Rivers) Act, 2008 in the Parliament on 18.11.2008
IWAI has assessed the development of the river stretch of National Waterway No.5 to be most economically viable in India and accordingly has taken steps to develop the project in two phases for facilitating the cargo movement through the waterway With a projected cost of around Rs.2000 Crore.
(a) Phase-I- 201 Km – comprises of the stretch between J okadia / Pankapal (Kalinganagar) t0 Dharnra and Paradip Port (b) Phase-II- 131 Km — comprises of the stretch to J okadia / Pankapal (Kalinganagar).
IWAI shall prepare the project proposal Within a period of five months from the date of execution of the MoU and obtain necessary sanction of the estimated cost of the project and thereafter Within three months, shall initiate action for execution of the project.
For development of 1St phase i.e from Jokadia/Pankapal to Dhamra and Paradip Port, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is being signed today among IWAI, Government of Odisha, Paradip Port Trust and Dhamra Port Company Limited.
IWAI will initiate the developmental activities for providing the desired fairway from the budgetary support of Government of India by way of dredging, repairing/ reconstructing weirs, navigational locks and installing navigational aids etc..
State Government shall provide IWAI free of cost, the land required for construction of terminal facilities, navigational locks, Widening of narrow canal, suitable area for dumping of dredged spoil/ material and other assistance/co-operation for smooth execution of the project. Further State Government Will develop cargo terminal facilities at Pankapal/Jokadia through a Joint Venture] Special Purpose Vehicle with Paradip Port Trust, Dhamra Port Company Limited and other stake holders.
Paradip Port Trust and Dhamra Port Company Limited will develop suitable terminal facilities in their premises as captive facilities and thereafter, operate, maintain and manage the cargo loading and unloading operations.
The project will be completed within 3 (three) years.
It will facilitate unobstructed movement of the cargo vessels between Kalinganagar industrial hub and Ports at Paradip and Dhamra. Transportation of cargo by Waterway would be, economical, environment friendly and would lessen burden on existing road / rail transportation system.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)