December 7, 2022

Varanasi will become a business center by inland waterways under the regime of Prime Minister Gati Shakti, Infra News, ET Infra

NEW DELHI: The Indian government has pushed the boundaries to make inland waterways a sustainable, cost-effective and hassle-free mode of transport as part of the “PM Gati Shakti Multimodal Waterways Summit 2022” in the spiritual city of Varanasi.

Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, inaugurated seven community jetties in the presence of Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and other dignitaries.

Sonowal and Adityanath also laid the foundation stone for eight other piers on the River Ganga in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, work is underway for the development from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh under the policy of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat”.

He said that from waterways to railways, air transport and highways, the country is progressing in all areas and that in the next 25 years India will be a self-reliant country like India. contemplated the prime minister.

Sonowal said, “Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is implementing policies that would enable the creation of world-class infrastructure. , water supply and tourism is an example of this vision”.

Union Minister Sonowal further stated that the Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti Summit 2022 will pave the way for enhanced and coordinated efforts towards comprehensive development of the waterway-oriented transport and logistics sector in the country.

He added that active waterways, when used for regular logistics and passenger transport, necessarily create disembarkation and loading/unloading points on the banks of rivers. This makes large areas of the hinterland accessible to trade and commerce routes, integrating goods from these areas into the national and global supply chain network and opening up new markets for everyone from farmers to craftsmen and factories.

Sonowal said a focus on “port-led development” is central to this vision to create seamless multimodal connectivity for the movement of people and goods, with a focus on removing barriers to last mile connectivity, emblematic of the Prime Minister’s Atmanirbhar. and Ek Bharat, the vision of Shreshtha Bharat”.

On this occasion, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath said that not only Uttar Pradesh will benefit from the help of Prime Minister Gati Shakti Yojana, but the whole country will develop.

“Many projects have been implemented under the able leadership of the Prime Minister, who is fulfilling the dream of Ek Bharat Shreshtha. I thank the Prime Minister for such a beautiful gift that has been given to Varanasi. This will help facilitate the traffic from Varanasi to other places in the country. This will also help exports of agricultural and other products from Uttar Pradesh, which is a landlocked state, to reach seaports efficiently through inland waterways,” Sl Adityanath said.

India’s spiritual city is ready to receive the most advanced hydrogen fuel cell catamarans, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal announced in the presence of high dignitaries. The city will get one hydrogen fuel cell vessel and four electric hybrid vessels for Varanasi.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Inland Waterways Authority of India and Cochin Shipyard Limited during the event.

Under the Jal Marg Vikas -II Project (JMVP-II), also known as Arth Ganga, IWAI is developing/renovating 62 small community jetties along the Ganga River. These include 15 in Uttar Pradesh, 21 in Bihar, 3 in Jharkhand and 23 in West Bengal.

In UP, jetties are being built on a 250 km section between Varanasi and Ballia. The jetties equipped with all passenger and administrative amenities will allow the movement of goods and passengers on the river, which will lead to savings in time and money.

Operational jetties can stimulate small industries, enhance the cultural heritage of the region and generate employment opportunities that benefit communities.

The focus on developing inland waterways will help normalize development and operation, leading to better facilities and improved livelihoods for local communities.