Assam earmarks Rs.2,250 cr for waterways

    Assam earmarks Rs.2,250 cr for waterways
    The Assam government has recently set aside Rs.2,260 crore for building waterways facilities in and around the state, Minister for state industries, Chandra Mohan Patowary said at a global investment summit. Out of the total investment, the World Bank is offering Rs.1,000 crore and the Ministry of Shipping has also sanctioned Rs.1,250 crore. Assam has huge potential in river transport through two national waterways including the Barak and the Brahmaputra. The Inland Waterways Authority of India has already initiated the necessary process for dredging Brahmaputra and Barak. Besides, the Centre has sanctioned Rs.250 crore to Bangladesh for dredging some parts of the Brahmaputra and the Barak, falling in the neighboring country. Central government has also sanctioned six modern ports on the banks of the Brahmaputra and 56 modern jetties, which will start services soon.
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