Jal Marg Vikas Project on River Ganga

Status of Jal Marg Vikas Project on River Ganga

‘Jal Marg Vikas’ is a  project on the river Ganga , being developed between Allahabad and Haldia to cover a distance of 1620 kms. The project envisages development of a fairway with three metres depth ,  which would enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 ton vessels on the river.  Construction of multi modal terminals, jetties, river information system, channel marking, navigational lock, river training and conservancy works are to be undertaken as part of the project. The project  is being implemented with technical and investment support from World Bank and would be completed over a period of six years at an estimated cost of Rs. 4200 crore.

The total procurement Plan for Phase 1 of the project from  Varanasi to Haldia  is  Rs.2041.25 Cr. Investment in UP stretch of Ganga  is Rs 700 crore. The status of the project is as follows :

Multi-modal terminal at Varanasi, UP (Phase-1)
Civil construction cost : Rs.169 cr+ Land cost: Rs.15 cr. Total : Rs.184 cr.
Duration: 26 months
·      Award delayed because of Allahabad High Court ban on construction on
banks of Ganga.
·            High Court allowed construction of terminal on 28 Apr 2016
·         Construction work awarded. Mobilisation and pre-construction activity has commenced.
·            Phase 1A- land of 16 acres.
· Phase 2- Land of 70 acres for railway siding- Investment of Rs 110 cr
·         Railway connectivity from JEONATHPUR to RAMNAGAR- 5 km length- DPR in progress


Cost - Rs 11 crore

Duration - completion by early 2017

Status - hard strata removal-started in Oct 2015 -
Terminal at GAZIPUR-
·      on north bank at NAWAPURA
·      Investment of RS. 150 cr including land cost
·      Feasibility study almost complete- to start by Dec 2016
·      Facilitate NEPAL cargo movement
GHAGRA river- 345 kms long- FAIZABAD to BALLIA
·      Being designed to move 600 T vessels
·      Investment of Rs 105 cr
·      Floating terminals at DOHRIGHAT, and MANJHIGHAT

Ro-Ro terminals - Rs 120 cr, reduce road distance, facilitate connection between 2 banks of GANGA

· Trial run of 1000 Ton cargo vessel and Ro-Ro vessel with cars, from
VARANASI to KOLKATA- to start in JULY 2016

Passenger Ferry services at ALLAHABAD and VARANASI-
· Investment of RS 100 cr
· Decongest roads of these cities
· Intermodal connectivity

Cruise services- Started between Patna and Varanasi

‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963’

The Ministry of Shipping has prepared a draft bill ‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016 ’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963’. This step is being taken keeping in view the need to give more autonomy and flexibility to the Major Ports and to bring in a professional approach in their governance.

Salient Feature of the ‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016

The salient features of the new Bill are:

a) Composition of board has been simplified. The board will consist of 9 members including 3 to 4 independent members instead of 17-19 under the Port Trust Model. Provisions has been made for inclusion of 3 functional heads of Major Port as Members in the Board apart from a Government Nominee Member and a Labour Nominee Member. (Section 3(2)).

b) The disqualification of the appointment of the Members of the Board, duties of the Members and provision of the meetings of the Board through video conferencing and other visual means have been introduced on the lines of Companies Act, 2013. (section 5,10 & 12)

c) Port related and non-port related use of land has been defined. A distinction has been made between these two usages in terms of approval of leases. The Port Authorities are empowered to lease land for Port related use for upto 40 years and for non-port related use upto 20 years beyond which the approval of the Central Government is required. (Section 21)

d) The need for Government approvals for raising loans, appointment of consultants , execution of contracts and creation of service posts have been dispensed with. The Board of Port Authority have been delegated power to raise loans and issue security for the purpose of capital expenditure and working capital requirement. (Section 30)

e) The provision for maintenance of books of account and financial statements in accordance with the accounting standards notified under the Companies Act, 2013 or as prescribed by Central Government has been provided. (Section 44)

f) Concept of internal audit of the functions and activities of the Central Ports has been introduced on the lines of Companies Act, 2015 (Section 25)

g) The Board of the Port Authority has been delegated the power to fix the scale of rates for service and assets. The regulation to tariff by TAMP has been removed. (Section 25)

h) An independent Review Board has been proposed to be created to carry out the residual function of the erstwhile TAMP for Major Ports, to look into disputes between ports and PPP concessionaries, to review stressed PPP projects and suggest measures to review stressed PPP projects and suggest measures to revive such projects and to look into complaints regarding services rendered by the ports/private operators operating within the ports would be constituted. At present, there is no independent body to look into the above aspects and the Review Board will reduce the extent of litigation between PPP Operators and Ports. (Section 59)

i) Power of Central Govt. to take over the control of the Port Authority is limited to the event of grave emergency or in case of persistent default by Port Authority in performance of their duties. (Section 53)

j) Provisions of CSR & development of infrastructure by Port Authority have been introduced. (Section 65)

k) The status of Port Authority will be deemed as ‘local authority’ under the provisions of the General Clauses Act, 1887 & other applicable Statutes so that it could prepare appropriate regulations in respect of the area within the port limits to the exclusion of any Central, State of local laws. (Section 66).

The detailed draft bill has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Shipping (www.shipping.nic.in) for review and comments from various stakeholders.


Ministry of Shipping Awards – 2015-16

In view of the excellent performance by Port Trusts during the year 2015-16, the Ministry of Shipping has rewarded the best performers. The awards were conferred during the review meeting held in Goa earlier this month. The awards were given in four categories namely:

1) Top Three Ports in achieving the RFD targets in 2015-16

2) Port with highest growth rate in traffic

3) Port with best improvement in efficiency parameters

4) Best Port to achieve the highest growth rate in operating surplus

5) Special Award

The winners

The winners of the above mentioned awards were:

Top Three Ports in achieving the RFD targets in 2015-16: The top three ports who achieved the RFD targets for 2015-16 were

1) Mormugao

2) V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust

3) Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Port with highest growth rate in traffic: The award for the Port with highest growth rate in traffic was given to Mormugao Port Trust. V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust came second while Kolkata Port Trust was third on the list. Mormugao port showed a 41.23 % positive variation as compared to last year. V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust showed a positive variation of 13.68% as compared to last year while Kolkata Port Trust showed a variation of 8.43 %.

Port with best improvement in efficiency parameters: Paradip Port Trust has achieved outstanding efficiency parameters among the major Ports. Vessel turn round time has been drastically reduced by 36% from 7.01 days in 2014-15 to 4.50 days during 2015-16. Similarly, berth day output has also increased by 19% from 17,736 metric tonnes to 21,139 metric tonnes.

Best Port to achieve the highest growth rate in operating surplus : This award was bagged by Cochin Port Trust which showed a massive increase of 230% as compared to 2014-15. The operating surplus in 2014-15 in case of Cochin Port Trust was 20 which jumped to 66 in 2015-16.

Special Award: A special award was conferred to Kandla Port Trust for achieving 100MT traffic in 2015-16.

These awards were given away by the Minister for Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari.


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