Works are underway on National Waterway 5 in Odisha

Transport Minister Tukuni Sahu told the State Assembly on Thursday that work is underway on the first and second phases of National Waterway-5 on the Mahanadi. Development work on the first phase has begun, while preliminary work on the second phase is underway.

Under the National Waterways Act, Sahu said, two national waterways (NW) using the Mahanadi River have been announced. These are NW-5 and NW-64.

The first phase of NW-5 of 201 km connects Jokadia and Pankapal (Kalinganagar) via Mangalgadi with Dhamra and Paradip. Its second phase of 131 km connects Jokadia/Pankapal with the coal-rich Talcher area. While NW-64 starts from Sambalpur to Paradip.

The Inland Waterways Authority of India has invited expressions of interest (EOI) for the development and management of some parts of the two national waterways, the minister said in her response.

There was a goal of completing the NW-5 by 2017, but it could not be completed. This important project connects the industrial area of ​​Kalinganagar and the Talcher coal mines with the ports of Paradip and Dhamra.

She explained that no national waterway currently operates in the state.

The Minister also informed the State Assembly that the state has two smaller functional seaports at Gopalpur in Ganjam District and Dhamra in Bhadrak District. Works are underway for two smaller seaports at Subarnarekha estuary and Astaranga, she added.

The state has taken the necessary steps to establish smaller seaports in Bichitrapur, Bahabalpur, Chandipur and Inchudi in Balasore district, in Jatadhar estuary in Bhadrak district, in Astaranga and Baliharachandi in Puri district and in Palur and Bahuda river estuary in Ganjam district undertaken.
A river port will also be built in Akhadasali village on the bank of Mahanadi river under Mahakalpada in Kendrapada district. The state government takes up the development work for the small ports in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The state leases land for the construction of ports.

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