ROPAX Jetty Project To Come Up On River Dhamra In Odisha – Free PDF Download

  • Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) has accorded administrative approval
  • for developing all-weather ROPAX (Roll-on/Roll-off Passenger) Jetty and allied infrastructure connecting
  • Kaninali in Bhadrak district &
  • Talachua in Kendrapara district, Odisha
  • under the Sagarmala initiative.

  • Dhamra river is formed by the confluence of the Brahmani and Baitarani rivers
  • To the north of its mouth is the Dhamra Port and near the mouth is the Gahirmatha sanctuary
  • The Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary, famous for its estuarine crocodiles lie on the Dhamra estuary. Wheeler Island, a DRDO missile launch centre is located off the mouth of the Dhamra in the Bay of Bengal.

  • The development of the existing ghat with all-weather ROPAX jetty is being carried out with intent of accommodating boats and other vessels as well as to ply vessel having capacity to carry
  • 10 light Motor vehicles, 20 Motorbikes along with 60 passengers at a time, simultaneously ensuring safety of all passengers and vehicles.
  • Kaninali in Bhadrak district and
  • Talachua in Kendrapada district,
  • are located on the northern and southern banks of River Dhamra respectively.
  • The people of Talachua and nearby villages largely depend upon Dhamra port for their livelihood, which is approximately four kms from Kaninali Ghat.
  • The Government of Odisha will fund another 50% cost of the project.
  • The total capital cost of the project is Rs 110.60 crore which includes construction of RO-PAX Jetty at Kaninali and Talachua, utility infrastructures such as parking area development, navigational aids and dredging.

It will:

  1. Reduce travel time from 6 hours to just 1 hour
  2. Facilitate safe movement of passengers & vehicles
  3. Uplift socio-economic status of locals
  • Odisha is going to be the nerve centre of Mission Purvodaya




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