IWAI pacts with Odisha govt, Paradip and Dhamra Ports for NW-5

New Delhi: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has signed a pact with Odisha government, Paradip Port and Dhamra Port to develop commercially viable stretches of National Waterway 5, Parliament was informed today.

“A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by IWAI with Odisha government, Paradip Port and Dhamra Port Company for developing the commercially viable stretches of National Waterway-5 in two phases,” Minister of State for Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

In the National Waterway-5, East Coast Canal has been integrated with Brahmini river and Mahanadi delta rivers (588 km).

Radhakrishnan said for NW-4, a project for development of Sholinganallur-Kallapakkam stretch of South Buckingham Canal has been sanctioned.

“To facilitate the execution of work, Tamil Nadu government has been approached for providing assistance with regard to identification and handing over land for development of terminals and dumping of the dredged materials,” he said.

The National Waterways-1, 2 & 3 have been made operational, he said, adding that for development of NW-4 & 5, Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) were completed in 2010.

Initially, the government tried to explore possibility of developing stretches of the fairway on NW-4 and 5 under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

However, it was not found to be feasible. It has been decided that fairways in the NWs will be developed through budgetary support and multilateral assistance.

Alternate options of development through PPP route are also being explored, Radhakrishnan added.

The development of inland waterways, which were declared as National Waterways (NW) by an Act of Parliament, comes under the purview of central government.

Five of the river-stretches, which have been declared as National Waterways, include Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system (Allahabad-Haldia-1620 km); river Brahmaputra (Dhubri-Sadiya-891 km); West Coast Canal (Kottapuram-Kollam) along with Udyogmandal and Champakara Canals-(205 km); Kakinada-Puducherry canals along with Godavari and Krishna rivers (1078 km) and East Coast Canal integrated with Brahmani river and Mahanadi delta rivers (588 km).