The Central government’s ambitious Haldia-Allahabad National Waterway project has skipped the mandatory environmental clearance for navigation through tortoise sanctuary in Varanasi.
A team of World Bank and Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) had visited Varanasi on Monday to undertake a survey of the Ganga for the proposed project. The project to develop National Waterway (NW-I) Haldia-Allahabad would require an expenditure of Rs 4,200 crore ($ 700 million). The World Bank has already been approached for technical assistance and investment for the project. As per IWAI records, the World Bank had in July 2014 indicated its readiness to support the project, with an initial loan assistance of $ 50 million, including technical assistance.
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