Eight waterways projects up for grab

    Waterways Projects
    Fast tracking the process of building waterways projects across the country, the Union Government is all set to invite bids for developing eight rivers as National Waterways very shortly by injecting a major booster in the movement of goods and passengers through rivers via cheaper mode of transport. On this score, Parliament has already given its nod to a Bill to convert 106 rivers across the country into National Waterways. Prior to this, the country had only five river stretches designated as National Waterways, said Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) sources, adding that the projects in the segment are being pushed on EPC model on war-footing to prepare the detailed project reports for a number of other waterways and that a major works have been initiated to make the existing five waterways operational in the country. The work includes "removal of hard strata between Ghazipur and Varanasi and construction of multimodal terminal at Varanasi" on National Waterways No. 1 (1,620 kilometers stretch of Allahabad-Haldia on Ganga). The ongoing projects on National Waterway No. 2 - 891 km stretch on Brahmaputra's Dhubri-Sadiya - include creation of Inland Waterway Transport infrastructure in the North Eastern states and roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) facilities at Dhubri and Hatsinghimari. Likewise on National Waterway 4 - 1,078 km stretch on Kakinada-Puducherry canals and East Coast Canal integrated with Brahmani river- fairway and terminal facilities are being developed. Dredging is being carried out between Padanipal and Erada on National Waterway 5 on Mahanadi delta rivers (588 km), they added.
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