Bengaluru: In a development that goes a long way in connecting Kaninali in Bhadrak district and Talachua in Kendrapara district of Odisha under the Sagarmala initiative, the ministry of ports, shipping and waterways has accorded administrative approval for sanction of Rs 50 crore for developing an all-weather ROPAX (Roll-on/Roll-off Passenger) Jetty and allied infrastructure.

While the central government will sanction Rs 50 crore, the Odisha government will put in another 50 percent. 

The total capital cost of the project is Rs 110 crore which includes construction of RO-PAX Jetty at Kaninali and Talachua, utility infrastructures such as parking area development, navigational aids and dredging, Swarajya adds. 

What this means is that it will reduce travel time for passengers to one hour from six hours by road. 

It is to be noted that 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.

Since there is no connectivity through roads, the local population depends upon passenger ferries at ghats of Kaninali and Talachua to cross the river (a stretch of seven Km).

Currently, Number of passenger vehicles move through private boats without safety and passengers face difficulty in embarking and disembarking from launches on an everyday basis.

This project will enhance the safety of passengers and vehicles with state-of-the-art utility infrastructure. The connectivity will increase the commercial and business activities and uplift the socio-economic status of the surrounding region, the website adds.