Community Outreach Programme for the promotion of Jal Marg Vikas Project: NW-1


The Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) aims to augment the navigation capacity of National Waterway 1 (NW1) to facilitate smooth movement of cargo and passengers between Varanasi and Haldia, thereby, saving fuel costs involved in other modes of transport and reducing carbon footprint. A number of infrastructures viz. Ports, Roll On Roll Off (RO-RO), LNG Bunkers etc. are being set up in select locations between Varanasi and Haldia. To this end, The Inland Waterways Authority of India organised a series of stakeholder (including local communities, Government Officials, People’s Representatives, Civil Society Organisations (CSO), Media and all other stakeholder groups whose lives and livelihoods are directly related to NW1) consultations.
CUTS International worked as an extended arm of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Ministry of Shipping, Government of India and helped in successfully organising the meetings.


The principle objectives of these meetings were:

  • To disseminate information about the projects under implementation by IWAI, and eliminate misinformation that may work against the project being accepted by the community
  • To allow the community to voice their issues, if any, with the project, and take such valid complaints into account when moving forward
  • To provide information about IWAI programs that have been planned to minimise impact upon the local population
  • To gather field insights and identify areas where further studies will be required.


No Location of the Meetings Date Number of Participants
1. IWAI Terminal 1A in Ramnagar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 16/07/18 80
2. Railway Information System site in Zamania, Dharammarpur, Uttar Pradesh 17/07/18 100
3. Intermodal terminal of IWAI, Jallapur, Ghazipur district, Uttar Pradesh 18/07/18 120
4. Samdanala Multimodal Terminal Ghat, Sahibganj, Jharkhand 04/08/18 150
5. Singhi Dalan in Rajmahal, Jharkhand 05/08/18 70
6. IWAI Terminal Ghat, New Farakka, West Bengal 06/08/18 180
7. IWAI Terminal, Haldia, West Bengal 09/08/18 155