NEW DELHI: The Inland Waterways Authority of India has invited Expression of Interest from firms for development of waterways and terminal infrastructure in Odisha on design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis.
The authority is planning to operationalize stretches of National Waterway 5 and National Waterway 64 in Odisha, it said in its notification.
“There are two stretches for which terminals are envisaged to be developed at this stage viz stretch from Padanipal – Paradip & Dhamra Stretch for NW (National Waterway) 5 and the stretch from Marshaghai – Paradip for NW 64,” the notification stated.
The authority highlighted that National Waterway 5 is in proximity to sea ports located at Paradip and Dhamra, while National Waterway 64 connects important industrial clusters of Cuttack and Sambalpur.
The authority is looking to develop an intermodal terminal or multimodal terminal at Padanipal – Paradip and Dhamra stretch and Marshaghai-Paradip stretch to augment the cargo handling capacity of both waterways. Facilities to be developed at the terminal would include berths and equipment for handling cargo, storage area, loading and unloading areas and terminal building.
Altogether, the stretches for which development of waterway facilities have been sought are Padanipal – Paradip stretch of National Waterway-5 with a length of 89 km, Padanipal – Dhamra stretch of National Waterway-5 spanning 50 km and Marshaghai – Paradip stretch of National Waterway 64 with a length of 35 km.
The authority highlighted that through the Expression of Interest, it is trying to gauge the interest from the private sector to undertake the proposed project as well as receive market responses for the same or any other opportunities which private players might like to bring on board.
The last date for submission of application is July 28.
Currently, National Waterway 1 between Allahabad and Haldia on Ganga and National Waterway 2 between Sadiya and Dhubri on Brahmaputra are the most active among the 111 declared national waterways in the country.
So far, development of waterways linked multimodal terminals at Varanasi and Sahibganj have been undertaken and the same for Haldia is expected to begin soon.