A ship repair facility is to come up at the Pandu in Guwahati, Assam soon. 

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has decided to build a ship repair facility, also known as Slipway, at Pandu located on the southern bank of river Brahmaputra. 

Notably, this will be the first ship repair facility which will come up in Northeast.  

Presently, ships have to be sent to Kolkata for dry docking, which proves to be costly and time-consuming. 

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An MoU was signed on Thursday between IWAI and the Hooghly Cochin Shipyard Limited (HCSL) for setting up a ship repair facility at Pandu in Guwahati. 

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras will provide technical support for construction of the facility. 

The facility – also known as Slipway – is to be developed on a land of 3.67 acres provided by the Assam government and is expected to be completed by August 2023.  

The facility is to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 75 crores. 

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Union minister for ports, shipping and waterways – Sarbananda Sonowal said: “The Ship Repair Facility (Slipway) at Pandu Port will address the issue of lack of repair facility/dry docking at present in the North East. This will avert unnecessary large haulage to Kolkata for repairs saving travel distance of 2,500 km and 35-40 days voyage period.” 

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “We shall ensure timely completion of this project with best standards of quality and design.”

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