Pepsico will be transporting the first containers on inland waterways in independent India
The whole programme has been granted an aid of Rs. 5369 crore from the World Bank. This programme will enable the movement of commercial vessels having a capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT through the waterways.
Independent India’s first container transportation through inland waterways would be done for Pepsico. It is scheduled for Tuesday and the cargo will move from Kolkata to Varanasi. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) confirmed that Pepsico’s 16 containers will be moving through the National Waterways – 1.
The vessel MV RN Tagore filled with food and snacks will reach Varanasi in a time frame of 10-15 days. During its return journey, the vessel will carry fertilizers procured from IFFCO’s plant in Phulpur near Ahmedabad. The National Waterway 1 is being developed under the Jal Marg Vikas Project. The route covers a distance of 1390 km from Haldia to Varanasi. The whole programme has been granted an aid of Rs. 5369 crore from the World Bank. This programme will enable the movement of commercial vessels having a capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT through the waterways.
A statement issued by the IWAI read, “Container cargo transport comes with several inherent advantages. Even as it reduces the handling cost, allows easier modal shift, reduces pilferages and damage, it also enables cargo owners to reduce their carbon footprints”
More than 15 stretches on the National Waterways have been completed. These projects include integrated movements through NW-1 (Ganga), NW-2 (Brahmaputra), and the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route.