Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the inland port in Varanasi today

The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the World Bank.

According to an official statement, the Centre’s Jal Marg Vikas Project aims at developing the stretch of the river between Varanasi and Haldia for navigation of large vessels weighing up to 1,500 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes.

It aims to promote inland waterways as a cheap and environment-friendly means of transportation, especially for cargo movement.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate two national highways and various projects related to the cleaning of the Ganga in Varanasi.