An office was recently opened in Bhubaneswar for the development of National Waterway No. 5, which will coordinate with all the stakeholders, including the government of Odisha, according to an official release.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Odisha government, Paradip Port and Dhamra Port Co. was signed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) on June 30, 2014 for developing the commercially viable stretch of 332 km of NW-5 (588 km) in two phases.
The MoU incorporates the development of 201 km stretch of Pankopal/Jakodia to Paradip and Dhamra in phase-I and a 131 km stretch between Talcher and Pankopal/Jakodia in phase-II. WAPCOS Ltd has been engaged to revise the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the stretches in question.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping, Mr Pon Radhakrishnan, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
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