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Proposal for 101 More National Waterways in India

New Delhi: A proposal for declaration of 101 additional waterways as National Waterways is under consideration of the Government. The proposal covers waterways across the country which have potential for year round commercial navigation. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is conducting feasibility studies on the proposed new waterways for finding out their potential for year round commercial navigation. Thereafter, based on the outcome of the study, further steps would be taken for the development of the proposed National Waterways. The time-frame for developing these waterways as National Waterways can be finalized only after these are declared as National Waterways. Government to Set up INW TG The Government is considering a proposal to set up an Integrated National Waterways Transport Grid (INWTG) which covers mainly five National Waterways. The INWTG includes development of the National Waterways with at least 2.5 meter Least Available Depth (LAD), upgrading/ setting up of priority terminals, establishing road connectivity, wherever feasible, rail and port connectivity. The study undertaken by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has, at present, identified 31 terminals in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for construction of terminals on National Waterways. With the establishment of the INWTG, the National Waterways would be connected to National/ State Highways and would become an integral part of the transportation grid in the country. This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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