Contract awarded for Haldia Inland Waterway Terminal

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal today announced that the contract for Haldia inland waterway terminal has been awarded. The minister also said that there is thinking to provide guarantee to banks to give easy and soft funds for barges so that this sector can take off.

This terminal would revive the old river route from Haldia to Pandu. The jetty will be soon operational for sending exim and inland cargo to Pandu terminal in Guwahati connecting the northeast with Kolkata via National waterway 2. This will provide an alternate to chicken neck route for easy and cost effective movement of cargo to and from northeast to the foreign countries and other states of India.

The Minister interacted with various stakeholders of port and shipping industry of Kolkata and Haldia port. The stakeholders were invited to be a partner in this unique opportunity of using sea and river route combination (NW1 and NW2) via Kolkata port. The stakeholders assured that they will come forward to utilise this opportunity to make this mission a success .

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