PM Modi In Varanasi Highlights: PM Inaugurates Inland Waterways

PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi launched the Inland Waterways Project on the Ganga river which is part of the Centre's Jal Marg Vikas Project.

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PM Modi In Varanasi Highlights: PM Inaugurates Inland Waterways

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Varanasi. (ANI)

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two National Highways and inland waterways project at his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, today. The first multi-modal waterways terminal on the Ganga river is part of the Centre's Jal Marg Vikas Project which aims to develop the stretch of the river between Varanasi and Haldia for navigation of large vessels.

National Waterway-1 (Haldia-Varanasi stretch) is being developed with technical assistance and investment support from the World Bank. In addition, he inaugurated projects worth Rs. 2,413 crore, and said the pilgrim city will witness a "confluence of nature, culture and adventure", and appealed to the people to "preserve the new face" of Kashi (Varanasi).

Here are the highlights from PM Modi's Varanasi visit:


Nov 12, 2018
19:32 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated several development projects in Varanasi

Nov 12, 2018
18:15 (IST)
PM Modi thanks minister Nitin Gadkari in Varanasi. "Under his leadership, we have again been successful in making the lives of people of Varanasi and Purvanchal easier through better and wider roads. Widening of Varanasi ring road phase 1 and Babatpur-Varanasi road on NH-56 will make a developing Varanasi greater," he adds.
Nov 12, 2018
18:04 (IST)
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the decision to use water as a mean of transport was taken in 1986 but no work was properly started before Narendra Modi became the PM in 2014.
Nov 12, 2018
17:35 (IST)
Foundation stones of various schemes have been laid to make River Ganga pollution-free, PM Modi informs.

Nov 12, 2018
17:32 (IST)
PM Modi inaugurates 2 sewage infra projects worth Rs 425.41 crore in Varanasi, lays foundation stone for Rs 72.91 crore project for Ramnagar.
Nov 12, 2018
17:29 (IST)
"For the first time since Independence, we are using our extensive river network for commerce at this scale. It should have happened decades ago but we have finally made it happen now," PM Modi said, speaking at the launch.

In Uttar Pradesh, Pruvanchal, all the fertiliser factories can send their material directly with the help of the container vessel. This is just an example, PM Modi adds.

Nov 12, 2018
17:23 (IST)
"The season of festivity has come to an end, and I am fortunate that I got to visit Baba Kedarnath shrine on Diwali," says PM Modi. "Today is a historic day for all Indians. Varanasi should have had these projects decades ago, which we inaugurated today."

"Being an MP from Varanasi and the Prime Minister of the nation, my happiness has doubled," he adds. 

Nov 12, 2018
17:12 (IST)
PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of various development projects in Varanasi.
Nov 12, 2018
16:39 (IST)
The project, an inland port, has been unveiled as PM Modi received India's first container vessel that sailed from Kolkata on the inland waterway on October 30, carrying cargo belonging to food and beverage giant PepsiCo India. 

Nov 12, 2018
15:47 (IST)
Inland Waterways Project launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi.

Nov 12, 2018
15:41 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a walk through of India's first multi-modal terminal project in Varanasi.
Nov 12, 2018
15:26 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reach Varanasi.


Nov 12, 2018
14:14 (IST)
According to officials, the 16.55 km Varanasi Ring Road Phase I has been completed at a cost of Rs 759.36 crore, while the work of the four-laning and construction of 17.25 km Babatpur-Varanasi road on NH-56 (National Highway-56) cost Rs 812.59 crore.

Nov 12, 2018
13:13 (IST)
National Waterway-1 (Haldia-Varanasi stretch) is being developed with technical assistance and investment support from the World Bank. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore.

Nov 12, 2018
13:11 (IST)
The objective of the first multi-modal waterways terminal on the Ganga river is to promote inland waterways as a cheap and environment-friendly means of transportation, especially for cargo movement.

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency.
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