Residents of Sahibganj will get a chance to watch live streaming of inauguration of the India’s second riverine Multi Modal terminal (MMT), which is to be done today online from Ranchi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A grand programme is scheduled to be held starting 10 am near the terminal in which The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemical and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya will be the chief guest.
Deputy Commissioner of Sahibganj, Rajeev Ranjan said, “We are going to organise a Jan Sabha (public meeting) near the terminal in which more than 10,000 people are likely to participate.”
Apart from the Shipping Minister, three State Ministers, including Louis Marandi, Raj Paliwar and Randhir Singh and local MLA Anant Ojha will be participating in the programme."We have invited all the public representatives and villagers to participate in the programme. Our programme will be held from 10 am to 11:30 PM after which we would be connected with Ranchi to watch the live streaming of inauguration by the PM," Ranjan said.
Huge LED screens have been installed, one near the jetty where the dignitaries will sit and five more near the Jan Sabha where at least 10 to 15 thousand people can see the programme live and hear the address of PM. Special provisions have been made for security arrangement during the programme. "More than one dozen magistrates will be deployed at the programme. Despite the police officers being busy with managing the situation during the ongoing festivities, a briefing of officials and magistrates was done on Wednesday evening to ensure proper measures."The MMT has been built at a cost of Rs. 290 crores and is the second of the three multi modal terminals being constructed on Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project. The foundation stone for the project was laid by the PM in April 2017.
The capacity of the terminal is 30 lakh tonnes per annum which will grow to 54.8 lakh tonnes per annum after an investment of Rs 376 crores for capacity enhancement in Phase II under PPP mode. The development in Phase II will be entirely made by the private concessionaire. Further, a freight village is also proposed on 335 acres of land in contiguity with the terminal.
The multi-modal terminal will help to create direct employment of about 600 people and indirect employment of about 3000 people in region.