Ro-Ro for critical connectivity
The Rs.280.90 crore multi modal terminal at Sahibganj will have a cargo handling capacity of 2.24 Million Tons Per Annum (MTPA) on completion in 2019, said the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
The terminal facilities will include berthing space for two vessels, stockyard, conveyor belt system with hoppers, barge loaders, shore protection works, roads, ramps, parking area, and terminal buildings.
These details were given by a team of IWAI during a two-day intensive advocacy and communications outreach at local communities at Sahibganj and Rajmahal in Jharkhand.
A Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal at Sahibganj will provide critical connectivity with Bihar at Manihari. About 100 trucks have already started using the facility at Sahibganj, said a release on 5 Aug 2018.
Another Ro-Ro on Ganga at Rajmahal in Jharkhand connects Manickchak in West Bengal. The crossing of trucks through Ro-Ro facility saves a lot of time, cost and fuel in road transport.
The construction of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj will provide critical last mile connectivity to the hinterland of Jharkhand.
It is an important component of the development of the National Waterway-1 from Varanasi to Haldia, a distance of 1,390-km.
The state is richly endowed with mineral resources. The multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines in Rajmahal area to various thermal power plants located along NW-1.
Other than coal, stone chips, fertilizers, cement and sugar are other commodities expected to be transported through the terminal. fiinews.com