Soon a jetty for freight between Guwahati and Kolkata
A contract for the Haldia Inland Waterway Terminal has been awarded and the jetty will soon be operational for the shipment of Exim and inland cargo to the Pandu Terminal in Guwahati, connecting the northeast to Kolkata via National Waterway 2 , Union Minister of Ports, Navigation and Waterways, and Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal announced today.
This will provide an alternative to the chicken neck route for easy and cost effective movement of goods to and from the northeast to foreign countries and other states in India, he said.
The Minister interacted with various stakeholders in the port and maritime industry in Kolkata and the Port of Haldia. Major oil PSUs, steel companies like Tata Steel and SAIL, terminal operators, shipping companies, barge operators, customs clearance agents and land users of Syama Prasad Mookerjee port participated in the meeting.
The Minister invited them all to be partners in this unique opportunity to use the combination of sea and river routes (NW1 and NW2) through the port of Kolkata.
Sonowal also informed that a depth insurance contract has been awarded to maintain NW1 and 2, and that barge operators will soon start using these waterways as depths are insured. He also said that there is a plan to provide guarantees to banks to give easy and soft funds for barges so that this industry can take off.
Stakeholders assured that they will come forward to take advantage of this opportunity to make this mission a success. More than 40 key players participated in the stakeholder conference.