700 Tons NRL Extension cargo by ferry from Kolkata to Numaligarh via IBPR

The second “oversized cargo” (ODC), carrying 700 tons of cargo for the Numaligarh refinery capacity expansion project, arrived here from Kolkata on Wednesday at Pandu port via the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route, officials said.

The ODC, a cargo that protrudes above the transport vehicle’s loading deck, is carried under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Numaligarh Refinery Limited and the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

This is the second ODC to be relocated from Kolkata to Guwahati via inland waterways, crossing the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route and the Brahmaputra River (National Waterways 2), officials said.

A total of 24 such ODCs will be transported via this medium, ushering in a new era of cargo movement on the inland waterways of Northeast India.

Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said in a statement that the role of inland waterways in boosting Assam’s growth story must be welcomed.

“I believe it will play a critical role in rapidly transforming our region through an economical, ecological and sustainable mode of transportation,” Sonowal said.

Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ministry is working to make waterway transport a smooth and fast means of transportation, he said.

“Our goal of transformation through transport will be realized with the renewed and renewed waterways as an alternative and efficient means of transport.”

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