A feasibility study to identify locations for construction of ferry terminals in Kolkata, Haldia and four other places on National Waterway 1 (NW-1) will soon be carried out by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), in a joint venture with the Infrastructure Architecture Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Thompson Design Group of Boston.
The terminals will come up at 18 locations in six cities to ferry passengers between different locations on NW-1.
Apart from Kolkata and Haldia, the ferry terminals will come up in places including Allahabad, Varanasi and Patna.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the 18 terminals will also be prepared by MIT’s Infrastructure Architecture Lab and Thompson Design Group.
The technical and financial feasibility of the ferry services – including identifying the best locations, planning and investment needed – will also be carried out under the joint venture project.
During the course of identifying most suitable locations for the terminals, the consultants will take into account commercial and passenger characteristic of each city with a goal of integrating transportation networks and facilities to each city. The NW-1 is being developed at a cost of Rs 5,369 crore and will enable navigation of vessels with capacity of 1,500-2,000 tonnes.