The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has hired a consultant for technical support to facilitate timely completion of Rs 5,369 crore Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) on Ganga, the government said today. The Jal Marg Vikas Project seeks to facilitate plying of vessels with capacity of 1,500-2,000 tonnes in the Haldia- Varanasi stretch of the River Ganga. "The IWAI has awarded a contract to a reputed consultant for technical support services for the Multi-Modal Terminal at Haldia and new Navigation Lock at Farakka.
These projects are part of the JMVP on National Waterway -I (River Ganga), being implemented with technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 5,369 crore," the Ministry of Shipping said in a statement. The objective of this is to ensure adherence to timelines and budgeted costs of the project and full compliance with the other stated guidelines, it said. The statement said the consultant will ensure efficient management of the two EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts awarded by IWAI under the JMVP. The consultant will provide comprehensive project technical support, including day to day supervision, proof checking of design, quality and safety parameters and coordination and management with all stakeholders, it said adding, the contractor will also monitor the implementation of Environment Management Plan and Social Impact Management Plan. The major works being taken up under JMVP are development of fairway, Multi-Modal Terminals, 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 etc.
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