Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj, Jharkhand. The terminal at Sahibganj is an important component of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for the augmentation of the navigation capacity of the 1390km waterway from Varanasi to Haldia. In particular the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines to various thermal power plants located along this waterway.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the Sahibganj Multi Modal Terminal will link the city and the landlocked state of Jharkhand to overseas markets through the Bay of Bengal. Contracts for the first phase of the project have been awarded.
A new ro-ro terminal at Sahibganj will provide a vital connection for the cross-river movement of loaded and empty trucks. This will considerably reduce the cost and time of cargo movement between Sahibganj and Manihari. The terminal at Sahibganj will have a cargo handling capacity of 2.24 million tonnes a year on completion in 2019.
Sahibganj is the second multi-modal terminal, out of three, to be constructed on the waterway. One is already underway at Varanasi, while a third terminal will be constructed at Haldia in West Bengal, where the work is expected to commence soon.