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Gadkari to inaugurate 2nd phase of River Info System on Ganga Friday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

To boost cargo movement on Ganga, Friday will inaugurate the second phase of river information system (RIS) between and

The will also unveil the new navigation lock at to enable breeding of fish, government said Thursday.

The projects are aimed at boosting the movement of cargo and fishery development in The will also visit a Namami Gange Exhibition at Kumbh Mela.

"will be in Prayagraj tomorrow (Friday) to inaugurate Phase 2 of the RIS on National Waterway-1 (River Ganga) between and (410 km) and also unveil new arrangement of Navigation Lock at Farakka that would enable breeding of fish in and help preserve the river ecosystem," said in a statement.

It said the inauguration of 2nd phase of RIS will enhance swift electronic data transfer between mobile vessels and base stations on shore through advance and real-time exchange of information.

RIS is a form of using next It will help in crisis management and enhanced inland navigation safety by preventing ship-to-ship collisions, ship-bridge collisions, groundings etc.

The services are being used in advanced waterways of Europe, and the USA.

"The operationalisation of this system in is a landmark in itself," the statement said.

Under phase II, five base stations Manihari, Bhagalpur, Munger, Barh and Hatidah and one control station have been made at Patna, it said.

IWAI is implementing the project in three phases on NW-1 at a cost of about Rs 57 crore.

Earlier, in 2016, the first phase of RIS - 545 km on Haldia- Farakka stretch was commissioned.

Work on third, 356 kms Patna-stretch is currently in progress.

About the passage through Farakka Navigation Lock, the statement said the operations at the Navigation Lock in Farakka will be synchronised to suit the requirements of Hilsa fish movement.

Under Jal Marg Vikas Pariyojana, a fish pass has been envisaged for the free movement of Hilsa at Farakka Navigation Lock.

After the construction of Farakka Navigation Lock in 1976, movement of Hilsa, which once reached up to Prayagraj also, was restricted up to Farakka only.

"Based on research and breeding season of Hilsa Fish, the operation of navigational lock will be regulated to facilitate Hilsa movement from Hoogly-Bhagirathi-River system to the upstream in and vice-versa," the statement said.

Fish pass/Fish way is a structure on or around artificial and natural barriers (such as dams, locks and waterfalls) to facilitate natural fish migration. Most fishways enable fish to pass around the barriers by swimming into the waters on the other side, it added.

Under the Jal Marg Vikas Project a new state of the art navigational Lock on NW-1 is being constructed at Farakka at a cost of Rs 361.35 crore and work will be complete by June 2019.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 19:20 IST