National Waterways-5

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The East Coast Canal stretch along with Brahmani and Mahanadi delta river system is defined as NWNational Waterway-5. It includes the canal stretch between Geonkhali and Charbatia (217 km), part of Matai River between Charbatia and Dhamra (40 km), part of Brahmani, Kharsua and Dhamra river system between Talcher and Dhamra (265 km) and Mahanadi delta river system between Mangalgadi and Paradeep (101 km). Total length of NW-5 is 623 km.

In accordance with Section 14(2)(c) of the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985 (82 of 1985), IWAI has published River Navigational charts for the three National Waterways NW-1, NW-2 and NW-3, which are available. The maps of NW-4 and NW-5 will be available after getting permission from Survey of India.

Index Map of National waterways-5

DPRDetailed Project Report for this new NW is at advance stage of completion. After its completion a consolidated project for development of waterway will be submitted to Govt. for sanction.

NameNational Waterway-5
Date of declarationDeclared on 25th November 2008
Total length623 km
Stretch Details
  • Geonkhali-Charbatia-217 Km
  • Matai River (Charbatia-Dhamra)- 40 Km
  • Brahmani, Kharsua & Dharma River Systerm-265 Km
  • Mahanadi Delta ( River Mangalgadi-Paradeep)-101 Km
OwnerInland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)
OperatorCentral Inland Water Transport Corporation (CIWTC)
Narrow portionsTalcher to Jokadia- 0.20 m to 0.6m.
Navigational AidsAn on board instrument, device, chart, method, etc., intended to assist in the navigation.National Waterways 4 and 5, IWAI initiated the proposals for development in July 2010. Techno-economic studies for establishment of National Waterways NW-4 was done by Water And Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS), a subsidiary of Ministry of Water Resources
Important TerminalsTalcher, Jenapur , Dhamra, Paradip, Balasore, Nasirabad, Geonkhali
TransportCoal from Talcher to Dhamra and Paradip ports is the most important potential cargo for this waterway. Immediately after the development of the waterway, it is estimated in the DPR that about 11 million tonne of cargo can be transported per year which can go up to 23 million tonne in next 15 years or so.Other likely likely commodities are Finished Goods, Manufactured Products and Agricultural Products.
Navigation canal portion of NW-5Orissa Coast Canal, Hijli Tidal Canal
Land AcquisitionLand Acquisition Details (Statewise)-
West Bengal- 846 Ha
Orissa - 1172 Ha
Estimated cost of land acquisition - Rs. 176 Crore
DredgingRiver portion - 10.07 million cum
Canal portion - 44.77 million cum
Period of Completion7 years
Estimated Cost (at 2009 prices)

(i) Cost for development of River portion Rs. 2230 cr (Barrages- 1843 cr)
(ii) Cost of development of canal portion Rs. 1979 cr (Dredging- 1273 cr)

(iii) Total Cost Rs. 4209 crore
BarragesTo maintain a navigable depth of 2 m in between Talcher to Jokadia, total no. of 5 barrages with navigation lock have been proposed near Village Renthapat, Indrajit, Gobindapur, Bartanda, Matila to allow passage of two 500 tonne vessels at a time.
EIRRRiver portion- 31.77%
Canal portion- 12.75%
River and canal together- 23.75%
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