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Government of India
Ministry of Shipping
31-July-2015 16:31 IST
Development of Inland Waterways

 

The National Transport Policy Committee (NTPC) had estimated in  1980, that rivers, canals, backwaters, creeks and lakes of total length about 14,500 km, including about 5600 km for navigation by mechanized vessels, as potentially navigable.  Out of this, 4382 km of inland waterways have been declared as National Waterways (NWs), as per details given below:

 

(i)  Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system (Allahabad-Haldia-1620 km) in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal as NW-1, declared in 1986.

(ii)  River Brahmaputra (Dhubri-Sadiya – 891 km) in the state of Assam as  NW-2 declared in 1988.

(iii)West Coast Canal (Kottapuram-Kollam) along with Udyogmandal and Champakara Canals – (205 km) in the state of Kerala as NW-3 declared in 1993.

(iv)Kakinada- Puducherry canals along with Godavari and Krishna rivers (1078 km) – in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Union territory of Puducherry as NW-4 declared in 2008.

(v) East Coast Canal integrated with Brahmani river and Mahanadi delta rivers (588 km)  in the states of West Bengal and Odisha  as  NW-5 declared in 2008.

Out of these five NWs, first three waterways have already been substantially developed and made operational for movement of cargo & passenger vessels. For the remaining two waterways, process is on to develop and make them operational.

 

 

The total revenue earned from first three NWs during the last three years and current year state-wise are as follows:

(Amount in Rs.)

Year

U.P.

 

Bihar

West
Bengal

 

Assam

 

Kerala

 

Total

2012- 13

2,59,707

43,87,229

2,66,82,031

1,88,863

13,17,218

3,28,41,011

2013- 14

69,36,823

1,97,85,924

1,94,59,145

26,03,335

69,78,461

5,57,63,688

2014- 15

2,08,19,521

1,15,07,288

2,44,14,444

19,20,107

18,27,612

6,04,88,972

2015- 16 *

50,30,420

78,679

47,81,119

35,996

40,892

99,67,106

 

Note:- (*) As on 30.06.2015

A bill for declaration of 101 new waterways as National Waterways (NWs) was introduced in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of 2015 which has been sent for examination to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism & Culture.

 

         The investment required for development of the proposed waterways will depend on the Techno Economic Feasibility (TEF) studies followed by preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for each waterway.

 

The consultant will prepare Techno Economic Feasibility (TEF) studies/ Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for these proposed waterways. The study report will provide divertible traffic projection from road & rail to IWT mode and the information on revenue generation.

 

This information was given by Minister of Shipping, Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

 

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