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Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways

Promoting Inland Waterways in The Country

Posted On: 05 MAR 2020 4:39PM by PIB Delhi

To promote inland water transport in the country as an economical, environment friendly supplementary mode of transport to rail and road, 111 inland waterways (including 5 National Waterways declared earlier) were declared as ‘National Waterways’ under the National Waterways Act, 2016.   The list of these National Waterways including inter-State NWs, State wise, is at Annexure-1.   Out of these, 25 NWs are inter-state NWs. Their list is at Annexure-2.

 

The details of projects initiated on National Waterways by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) are as under:

 

(i) National Waterway (NW)-1 (Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system from Allahabad to Haldia) in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal; NW-2 (River Brahmaputra from Dhubri to Sadiya) in Assam; NW-3 (West Coast Canal from Kottapuram to Kollam along with Udyogmandal and Champakara Canals) in Kerala, have already been developed with fairway navigational aids, jetties and terminals with mechanized equipment handling facilities for loading and unloading of cargo.  These NWs are operational and vessels are plying on them.  In addition, NW-10 (river Amba), NW-68 (river Mandovi), NW-73 (river Narmada), NW-83 (Rajpuri Creek), NW-85 (Revadanda Creek - Kundalika River System), NW-91 (Shastri river–Jaigad creek system), NW- 97 (Sunderbans Waterways), NW-100 (river Tapi) and NW-111 (river Zuari) are also operational.

 

At present, cargo volume of 72.31 million tonnes per annum is being transported on the above operational NWs.

 

(ii) Government has taken up implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) at an estimated cost of Rs. 5369.18 crore for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1) on the Haldia – Varanasi stretch of Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River System with the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank.  The salient features of the project are development of various infrastructure like construction of multimodal terminals at Varanasi, Sahibganj & Haldia,  Ro-Ro terminals, navigational lock at Farakka, channel marking systems, integrated vessel repair & maintenance facilities, automated information techniques of Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) and River Information System (RIS), day and night navigation aids, slipways, bunkering facilities, river training and river conservancy works.  Projects worth Rs. 1800 crore (approx.) have commenced on ground in a time period of three years after statutory clearances.

 

(iii) Fairway development works in Vijayawada – Muktyala stretch of river Krishna in Andhra Pradesh (Part of NW-4) under Phase-I has been completed.   Fabrication of four floating pontoons and land acquisition for fixed terminals (4 nos.) at Ibrahimpatnam, Harischandrapuram, Muktyala and Madipadu has been taken up.

 

(iv) Feasibility studies have been completed for 106 new NWs and based on the outcome of feasibility studies and Detailed Project Reports (DPRs), 20 new NWs have been found technically feasible for development of shipping and navigation in addition to 5 existing NWs by the IWAI.  Details of development activities initiated on 10 viable new NWs, State-wise, are detailed at Annexure.-3.

 

The details of expenditure by IWAI on development of NWs in the last 5 years are given below:

 

 (Rs. in crore)

Year

Expenditure as Grants – in Aid (GBS)/Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR)

2015-16

321.91

2016-17

362.31

+

340.00 (EBR)

2017-18

426.0914

+

660.00 (EBR)

2018-19

862.49

2019-20

526.80

 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping(I/C)Shri Mansukh Mandaviyain the Lok Sabha today in a written reply.

 

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Annexure-1

List of 111 National Waterways

(Government of India has declared 111 waterways as National Waterways through National Waterways Act, 2016 enacted on 12.04.2016).

Sl.

No.

National Waterway No.

Length (km)

Details of Waterways

STATES

1

National Waterway 1

1620

Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River System (Haldia - Allahabad)

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal

2

National Waterway 2

891

Brahmaputra River (Dhubri - Sadiya)

Assam

3

National Waterway 3

205

West Coast Canal (Kottapuram - Kollam), Champakara and Udyogmandal Canals

Kerala

170

West Coast Canal (Kottapuram - Kozhikode)

4

National Waterway 4

50

Kakinada Canal (Kakinada to Rajahmundry)

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondichery and Maharashtra

171

Godavari river (Bhadrachalam to Rajahmundry)

139

Eluru Canal (Rajahmundry to Vijayawada)

157

Krishna river (Wazirabad to Vijayawada)

113

Commamur Canal (Vijayawada to Peddaganjam)

316

North Buckingham Canal (Peddaganjam to Central Station of Chennai)

110

South Buckingham canal (Central Station of Chennai to Marakanam)

22

Marakanam to Puducherry through Kaluvelly tank

1202

River Godavari (Bhadrachalam - Nashik)

636

River Krishna (Wazirabad - Galagali)

5

National Waterway 5

256

East Coast Canal and Matai river

Odisha and West Bengal

265

Brahmani-Kharsua-Dhamra rivers

67

Mahanadi delta rivers (Consisting of Hansua river, Nunanala, Gobrinala, Kharnasi river and Mahanadi river)

6

National Waterway 6

68

Aai River

Assam

7

National Waterway 7

90

Ajoy (Ajay) River

West Bengal

8

National Waterway 8

29

Alappuzha- Changanassery Canal

Kerala

9

National Waterway 9

40

Alappuzha- Kottayam – Athirampuzha Canal

Kerala
Alternate route: 11.5km

10

National Waterway 10

45

Amba River

Maharashtra

11

National Waterway 11

99

Arunawati - Aran River System

Maharashtra

12

National Waterway 12

5.5

Asi River

Uttar Pradesh

13

National Waterway 13

11

Avm Canal

Kerala & Tamil Nadu

14

National Waterway 14

48

Baitarni River

Odisha

15

National Waterway 15

135

Bakreswar - Mayurakshi River System

West Bengal

16

National Waterway 16

121

Barak River

Assam

17

National Waterway 17

189

Beas River

Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

18

National Waterway 18

69

Beki River

Assam

19

National Waterway 19

67

Betwa River

Uttar Pradesh

20

National Waterway 20

95

Bhavani River

Tamil Nadu

21

National Waterway 21

139

Bheema River

Karnataka & Telangana

22

National Waterway 22

156

Birupa - BadiGenguti - Brahmani River System

Odisha

23

National Waterway 23

56

BudhaBalanga

Odisha

24

National Waterway 24

61

Chambal River

Uttar Pradesh

25

National Waterway 25

33

Chapora River

Goa

26

National Waterway 26

51

Chenab River

Jammu & Kashmir

27

National Waterway 27

17

Cumberjua River

Goa

28

National Waterway 28

45

Dabhol Creek -Vashishti River System

Maharashtra

29

National Waterway 29

132

Damodar River

West Bengal

30

National Waterway 30

109

Dehing River

Assam

31

National Waterway 31

114

Dhansiri / Chathe

Assam

32

National Waterway 32

63

Dikhu River

Assam

33

National Waterway 33

61

Doyans River

Assam

34

National Waterway 34

137

Dvc Canal

West Bengal

35

National Waterway 35

108

Dwarekeswar River

West Bengal

36

National Waterway 36

119

Dwarka River

West Bengal

37

National Waterway 37

296

Gandak River

Bihar & Uttar Pradesh

38

National Waterway 38

62

Gangadhar River

Assam & West Bengal

39

National Waterway 39

49

Ganol River

Meghalaya

40

National Waterway 40

354

Ghaghra River

Bihar & Uttar Pradesh

41

National Waterway 41

112

Ghataprabha River

Karnataka

42

National Waterway 42

514

Gomti River

Uttar Pradesh

43

National Waterway 43

10

Gurupur River

Karnataka

44

National Waterway 44

63

Ichamati River

West Bengal

45

National Waterway 45

650

Indira Gandhi Canal

Punjab , Haryana &Rajashtan

46

National Waterway 46

35

Indus River

Jammu & Kashmir

47

National Waterway 47

131

Jalangi River

West Bengal

48

National Waterway 48

590

Jawai-Luni-Rann Of Kutch River System

Gujarat & Rajasthan

49

National Waterway 49

110

Jhelum River

Jammu & Kashmir

50

National Waterway 50

43

Jinjiram River

Assam & Meghalaya

51

National Waterway 51

23

Kabini River

Karnataka

52

National Waterway 52

53

Kali River

Karnataka

53

National Waterway 53

145

Kalyan-Thane-Mumbai Waterway, Vasai Creek And Ulhas River System

Maharashtra

54

National Waterway 54

86

Karamnasa River

Bihar & Uttar Pradesh

55

National Waterway 55

311

Kaveri - Kollidam River System

Tamil Nadu

56

National Waterway 56

22

Kherkai River

Jharkhand

57

National Waterway 57

50

Kopili River

Assam

58

National Waterway 58

236

Kosi River

Bihar

59

National Waterway 59

19

Kottayam-Vaikom Canal

Kerala

60

National Waterway 60

80

Kumari River

West Bengal

61

National Waterway 61

28

Kynshi River

Meghalaya

62

National Waterway 62

86

Lohit River

Assam & Arunachal Pradesh

63

National Waterway 63

336

Luni River

Rajasthan

64

National Waterway 64

426

Mahanadi River

Odisha

65

National Waterway 65

80

Mahananda River

West Bengal

66

National Waterway 66

247

Mahi River

Gujarat

67

National Waterway 67

94

Malaprabha River

Karnataka

68

National Waterway 68

41

Mandovi River

Goa

69

National Waterway 69

5

Manimutharu River

Tamil Nadu

70

National Waterway 70

245

Manjara River

Maharashtra & Telangana

71

National Waterway 71

27

Mapusa / Moide River

Goa

72

National Waterway 72

59

Nag River

Maharashtra

73

National Waterway 73

226

Narmada River

Maharashtra & Gujarat

74

National Waterway 74

79

Netravathi River

Karnataka

75

National Waterway 75

142

Palar River

Tamil Nadu

76

National Waterway 76

23

Panchagangavali (Panchagangoli) River

Karnataka

77

National Waterway 77

20

Pazhyar River

Tamil Nadu

78

National Waterway 78

262

Penganaga - Wardha River System

Maharashtra & Telangana

79

National Waterway 79

28

Pennar River

Andhra Pradesh

80

National Waterway 80

126

Ponniyar River

Tamil Nadu

81

National Waterway 81

35

Punpun River

Bihar

82

National Waterway 82

58

Puthimari River

Assam

83

National Waterway 83

31

Rajpuri Creek

Maharashtra

84

National Waterway 84

44

Ravi River

Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

85

National Waterway 85

31

Revadanda Creek - Kundalika River System

Maharashtra

86

National Waterway 86

72

Rupnarayan River

West Bengal

87

National Waterway 87

210

Sabarmati River

Gujarat

88

National Waterway 88

14

Sal River

Goa

89

National Waterway 89

45

Savitri River (Bankot Creek)

Maharashtra

90

National Waterway 90

29

Sharavati River

Karnataka

91

National Waterway 91

52

Shastri River - Jaigad Creek System

Maharashtra

92

National Waterway 92

26

Silabati River

West Bengal

93

National Waterway 93

63

Simsang River

Meghalaya

94

National Waterway 94

141

Sone River

Bihar

95

National Waterway 95

106

Subansiri River

Assam

96

National Waterway 96

311

Subarnrekha River

Jharkhand, West Bengal & Odisha

97

National Waterway 97

172

Sunderbans Waterway

West Bengal

56

Bidya River

West Bengal

15

ChhotaKalagachi (ChhotoKalergachi) River

West Bengal

7

Gomar River

West Bengal

16

Haribhanga River

West Bengal

37

Hogla (Hogal)-Pathankhali River

West Bengal

9

Kalindi (Kalandi) River

West Bengal

22

Katakhali River

West Bengal

99

Matla River

West Bengal

28

Muri Ganga (Baratala) River

West Bengal

53

Raimangal River

West Bengal

14

Sahibkhali (Sahebkhali) River

West Bengal

37

Saptamukhi River

West Bengal

64

Thakurran River

West Bengal

98

National Waterway 98

377

Sutlej River

Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

99

National Waterway 99

62

Tamaraparani River

Tamil Nadu

100

National Waterway 100

436

Tapi River

Maharashtra & Gujarat

101

National Waterway 101

42

Tizu - Zungki Rivers

Nagaland

102

National Waterway 102

87

Tlwang (Dhaleswari River)

Assam & Mizoram

103

National Waterway 103

73

Tons River

Uttar Pradesh

104

National Waterway 104

232

Tungabhadra River

Karnataka, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

105

National Waterway 105

15

Udayavara River

Karnataka

106

National Waterway 106

20

Umngot (Dawki) River

Meghalaya

107

National Waterway 107

46

Vaigai River

Tamil Nadu

108

National Waterway 108

53

Varuna River

Uttar Pradesh

109

National Waterway109

166

Wainganga - Pranahita

River System

Maharashtra &Telangana

110

National Waterway 110

1080

Yamuna River

Delhi, Haryana & Uttar Pradesh

111

National Waterway 111

50

Zuari River

Goa

 

         Total Length

20162.5

 

 

 

 

 

Annexure-2

List of Inter-state National Waterways

 

Sl. No.

National Waterway No.

Length (km)

Details of Waterways

STATES

1

National Waterway-1

1620

Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River System (Haldia - Allahabad)

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal

2

National Waterway-4

50

Kakinada Canal (Kakinada to Rajahmundry)

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondichery and Maharashtra

171

Godavari river (Bhadrachalam to Rajahmundry)

139

Eluru Canal (Rajahmundry to Vijayawada)

157

Krishna river (Wazirabad to Vijayawada)

113

Commamur Canal (Vijayawada to Peddaganjam)

316

North Buckingham Canal (Peddaganjam to Central Station of Chennai)

110

South Buckingham canal (Central Station of Chennai to Marakanam)

22

Marakanam to Puducherry through Kaluvelly tank

1202

River Godavari (Bhadrachalam - Nashik)

636

River Krishna (Wazirabad - Galagali)

3

National Waterway-5

256

East Coast Canal and Matai river

Odisha and West Bengal

265

Brahmani-Kharsua-Dhamra rivers

67

Mahanadi delta rivers (Consisting of Hansua river, Nunanala, Gobrinala, Kharnasi river and Mahanadi river)

4

National Waterway-13

11

Avm Canal

Kerala & Tamil Nadu

5

National Waterway-17

189

Beas River

Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

6

National Waterway-21

139

Bheema River

Karnataka & Telangana

7

National Waterway-37

296

Gandak River

Bihar & Uttar Pradesh

8

National Waterway-38

62

Gangadhar River

Assam & West Bengal

9

National Waterway-40

354

Ghaghra River

Bihar & Uttar Pradesh

10

National Waterway-45

650

Indira Gandhi Canal

Punjab , Haryana &Rajashtan

11

National Waterway-48

590

Jawai-Luni-Rann of Kutch River System

Gujarat & Rajasthan

12

National Waterway-50

43

Jinjiram River

Assam & Meghalaya

13

National Waterway-54

86

Karamnasa River

Bihar & Uttar Pradesh

14

National Waterway-62

86

Lohit River

Assam & Arunachal Pradesh

15

National Waterway-70

245

Manjara River

Maharashtra & Telangana

16

National Waterway-73

226

Narmada River

Maharashtra & Gujarat

17

National Waterway-78

262

Penganaga - Wardha River System

Maharashtra & Telangana

18

National Waterway-84

44

Ravi River

Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

19

National Waterway-96

311

Subarnrekha River

Jharkhand, West Bengal & Odisha

20

National Waterway-98

377

Sutlej River

Himachal Pradesh & Punjab

21

National Waterway-100

436

Tapi River

Maharashtra & Gujarat

22

National Waterway-102

87

Tlwang (Dhaleswari River)

Assam & Mizoram

23

National Waterway-104

232

Tungabhadra River

Karnataka, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

24

National Waterway-109

166

Wainganga - Pranahita

River System

Maharashtra &Telangana

25

National Waterway-110

1080

Yamuna River

Delhi, Haryana & Uttar Pradesh

 

 

 

 

Annexure-3.

List of 10 new National Waterways on which development activities have been initiated.

Name of the Waterway and States

Status

1.River Barak (NW-16) in Assam

Development at a cost of Rs. 76.01 crore for Phase-1 of NW-16 from Silchar to Bhanga has commenced. This includes maintenance dredging, upgradation of terminals at Badarpur and Karimganj. Waterway is operational with limited infrastructure facility.  

2.River Gandak (NW-37) in Bihar

Initial development process has been completed as per requirement. Further development process will be synchronized with cargo demand.

Waterways in Goa

3. NW-27-Cumberjua

4. NW-68 – Mandovi

5. NW-111 – Zuari

Work is proposed to be executed through Government of Goa with the assistance of Mormugao Port Trust.  A Tripartite MoU has been signed for the commencement of works.  Development of NWs in Goa at an estimated cost of Rs. 22.65 crore has commenced. NWs of Goa are operational.

 

Installation of 3 nos. floating Jetties amounting to Rs.11.33 crore on river Mandovi and one no. on river Chapora on EPC basis in progress.

6. Alappuzha – Kottayam – Athirampuzha Canal (NW-9) in Kerala

Dredging is proposed departmentally. Waterway is already operational for ferry services. Maintenance scheme for development at a cost of Rs. 0.82 crore was approved in May, 2019 for execution during 2019-20. Night navigation facilities have been installed.

7. River Rupnarayan (NW-86) in West Bengal

Development of the waterway at an estimated cost of Rs. 24.00 crore has commenced. Work has been awarded for setting up of floating terminal. Waterway is operational.

8.Sunderbans Waterways (NW-97) in West Bengal

Development of waterway at an estimated cost of Rs. 18.10 crore has commenced. The infrastructure at Hemnagar is being upgrated to handle Cargo/Passenger or Customs/Immigration requirements. Waterway is part of Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route and already operational for vessels.

9. River Kosi (NW-58) in Bihar

Development process will be synchronized with cargo demand.

10. River Ghagra (NW-40) in Uttar Pradesh

Development process will be synchronized with cargo demand.

 

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