Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation India’s second riverine multi-modal terminal built at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on September 12. Modi will inaugurate the state-of-the-art terminal through a two -way digital communication system at an event in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) & Chemical and Fertilisers Shri Mansukh Mandaviy will be present at Sahibganj, Jharkhand.
Built at a cost of Rs 2.9 billion in a record time of about two years, the Prime Minister himself had laid the foundation stone of Inland Waterways Authority of India’s (IWAI)’s Sahibganj multimodal terminal in April 2017. This is the second of the three multi modal terminals being constructed on the River Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). Earlier, in November 2018 the Prime Minister had inaugurated the MMT at Varanasi.
The multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj will open up industries in the eastern states of Jharkhand and Bihar to the global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through a riverine route. It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines in Rajmahal area to various thermal power plants located along National Waterway-1. Other than coal, stone chips, fertilisers, cement and sugar are other commodities expected to be transported through the terminal.
The multi-modal terminal will also help to create direct employment for about 600 people and indirect employment for about 3,000 people in the region. The convergence of road-rail-river transport at Sahibganj through the new multi-modal terminal will connect this part of the hinterland to Kolkata, Haldia and further to the Bay of Bengal. Also, Sahibganj will get connected to North-East States through Bangladesh by river and sea routes.
The capacity of the terminal is 3 million tonnes per annum. It will grow to 5.48 million tonnes per annum after an investment of Rs 3.76 billion for capacity enhancement in Phase II under PPP mode. The development in Phase II will be entirely made by the private concessionaire. Further, a freight village is also proposed on 335 acres of land in contiguity with the terminal.