The Union Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan informed the Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question that in the backdrop of award of work by NTPC Ltd. for transportation of 3 million tonnes per year of coal to Farakka thermal power plant for a period of 7 years by Inland Water Transport (IWT) mode, a meeting was held in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on 24.01.2012 to identify more projects for transportation of cargo by IWT mode.
Some of the Projects/ agencies that were identified for further examination in this regard are as follows: -
(i) Long term cargo commitment by NTPC Ltd. for 3 million tonnes per year of coal for Barh Thermal Power Station (TPS) and 1.5 million tonnes per year of coal for Bongaigaon TPS.
(ii) Long term cargo commitment by Food Corporation of India (FCI) for transportation of foodgrains to Tripura and Assam.
(iii) Possible identification and commitment of cargo by ONGC and Oil India Ltd.
(iv) Exploring the possibility of committing container cargo by CONCOR Ltd.
(v) Long term cargo commitment by fertilizer companies.