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PM to greet India's first container vessel on inland waterways in Varanasi

The PepsiCo cargo will be the first container movement on inland waterways in the country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi
File photo of Narendra Modi

In a first for the country's inland water transport, on November 12 will receive a in on the river Ganga, said Sunday.

In the maiden container since Independence on inland vessel MV RN Tagore, and beverages is moving its 16 containers from to The cargo containers will reach on November 12.

"transport in India is set for a revolution and the massive work done on waterways has started showing impact," Union told PTI.

He said that will receive the travelled for the first time on - NW 1 on the Ganga at Varanasi on November 12 at the newly developed multi-modal terminal and shall dedicate the terminal to the nation.

said this is the country's first container movement on inland vessel post-Independence, and a milestone moment in the history of India's transport sector.

(India) has moved 16 containers -- equivalent to 16 truckloads -- filled with and snacks in the vessel MV RN Tagore which will make its return journey with fertilisers belonging to IFFCO that will be procured from its near

Gopal Krishna along with Pravir Pandey had flagged off the vessel carrying the consignment in the presence of representatives.

The event of flagging off the vessel last week had coincided with another momentous day for the IWT in India as IWAI's first foray into public private partnership (PPP) model became a reality with the handing over of operation and management of its terminals in to Summit Alliance Port East Gateway (India) Pvt Ltd (SAPEL) on a supply, operate and maintain (SOM) model.

The government earlier has said container cargo transport comes with several inherent advantages and added that it reduces the handling cost, allows easier modal shift, reduces pilferage and damage, it also enables cargo owners to reduce their carbon footprints.

The government is developing NW-1 (river Ganga) under JMVP from Haldia to Varanasi (1,390 km) with the technical and financial assistance of the at an estimated cost of Rs 5,369 crore. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1,500-2,000 DWT.

Gadkari had flagged off a consignment of cars from Varanasi to Haldia in August 2016.

Since then pilot movements on National Waterways are currently being done on various stretches.

More than 15 of them have already been successfully completed, including integrated movements through NW-1 (Ganga), Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route and NW-2 (Brahmaputra).

The PepsiCo cargo will be the first container movement on inland waterways in the country.

First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 15:45 IST