Varanasi, Nov 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the first multi-modal terminal constructed on holy River Ganga in Varanasi.
The Prime Minister along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari received India’s first container vessel that sailed from Kolkata on the newly-built inland waterway carrying cargo belonging to food and beverages giant PepsiCo India.
The cargo had sailed from West Bengal on October 30.
According to the officials, National Waterway-1 (Haldia-Varanasi) is being developed with technical assistance and investment support from the World Bank.
The total estimated price of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Central government and the World Bank.
PM Modi, who arrived in Varanasi in the afternoon also inaugurated two major national highways in his parliamentary constituency.