GUWAHATI- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch construction work for the two facilities at Pandu in Guwahati on January 13, informed Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal here on Monday.
The Ship Repairing Centre to be built by the Cochin Shipyard Limited is a “very welcome step” for the investors as now ships had to be taken to Kolkata for repair, leading to a delay of four to five months, Sonowal told a press conference.
About 100 students from all eight states in the northeast will be trained in the skill development centre and they will get placement in the inland water sector.
Two terminals on the Barak River are also being constructed at Badarpur and Karimganj which, besides Assam, will benefit Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur, he said.
The experimental journey from Haldia in West Bengal to Chittagong and Mongla ports in Bangladesh has been done and since the opening of access to these ports, cargo movement growth has increased from two million tonnes to 5.3 million tonnes.
Sonowal said that major initiatives worth more than Rs 1016 crore have been planned for revamp of Inland Waterways in Assam till 2024-25.