Amaravati: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the development of an inland waterway in the Krishna river between Muktyala and Vijayawada in the Andhra Pradesh capital region of Amaravati.
The Vice-President also dedicated seven national highway projects in the State to the nation while laying the foundation stone for six new projects. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary and others participated in the programme.
The 82-km inland waterway between Muktyala and Vijayawada is the Phase-1 of the National Waterway-4 under the Sagar Mala project and will be used mainly for transportation of cement and construction material for the new capital city Amaravati. It will also provide connectivity to important tourist and pilgrimage spots by the river.It will have four floating terminals at tourist spots Durga Ghat and Bhavani Island in Vijayawada and pilgrimage centres Vedadri and Amaravati.
The three fixed terminals at Muktyala, Ibrahimpatnam and Harishchandrapuram will handle cargo operations.In Phase-2 of National Waterway-4, canal navigation will be developed between Vijayawada and Kakinada. The two phases, running to a length of 315 km, will cost Rs 7,015 crore. Among the highway projects for which foundation stone has been laid today is the 17.20-km four-lane bypass road to Vizianagaram town in north coastal Andhra that will cost Rs 430 crore. The total cost of the 13 national highway projects launched today is Rs 4,153 crore.
Ships in India soon may run on methanol: Gadkari
Amaravati: Ships in India may soon run on methanol as Centre is drawing up plans in this regard, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday. Gadkari also stressed the importance of developing waterways for their cost effectiveness.
“To cut the high cost of logistics in the country, inland waterways are being developed in a major way while methanol will soon be made the fuel for ships,” the Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister said. He was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for an inland waterway project in river Krishna in Vijayawada.”Methanol requires coal. Coal is an indigenous fuel available in AP, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” the minister said. He said exports can be increased by reducing the cost of logistics, which will, in turn, create more employment.
Underlining the importance of waterways, the minister said the Centre has taken up their development as the highest priority.”Cost of road travel worked out to Rs 1.50 while rail travel cost Re 1, whereas by water it is just 20 paise. That’s the reason waterways are very important.”In China, the logistics cost is 8-10 per cent, in European countries it is 12-14 per cent and in India it is 18 per cent. Soon, all shipping here will be converted to methanol. This will reduce costs and help increase our exports,” Gadkari said. He pointed out that Volvo has started operating buses that ran 100 per cent on methanol.