India Government set to float a tender for development of 36 waterways in the country, the Odisha government said the Inland Waterways Authority of India has plans to spend Rs 2,000 crore in the state in the first phase.
“For the first phase of waterways development, the IWAI has proposed to spend Rs 2,000 crore in Odisha,” transport and commerce minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi said.
The Centre through IWAI planned to develop the waterways from Jionkhali in West Bengal to Talcher in Odisha, a 588 kilometre stretch, the minister said adding that the detailed project report was being prepared by technical consultants.
Of the 588 KM waterways, called East Coast Canal, which will integrate with the Brahmani river and Mahanadi delta rivers, work on a 201 KM stretch will be completed in the first phase.
He said the state government had signed agreement with IWAI, Paradip Port and Dhamara Port for first phase work on June 30, 2014.
As per the condition in the agreement, Majhi said the IWAI would develop and maintain the waterways besides ensuring smooth transportation of goods.