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Government of India
Ministry of Shipping
08-February-2018 17:09 IST
Status of development of Inland Waterways

As per feasibility reports of the new National Waterways (NWs) completed so far, 36 NWs have been found technically viable for development. Developmental activities have been initiated on eight of these NWs as per the list given below:

 

Sl.No.

Name of the Waterway

Status

  1.  

River Barak (NW-16)

Proposal for development at a cost of Rs. 76.01 crore has been approved for Phase-1 of river Barak from Silchar to Bhanga. Dredging for fairway development work in SilcharBhanga stretch has commenced. A consultant has been engaged for upgradation of terminals at Badarpur, Karimganj and new floating terminal at Silchar. 

  1.  

River Gandak (NW-37)

Proposal for development at a cost of Rs. 12.91 crore has been approved.  Work Order for R.C. Works for fairway maintenance issued and execution is underway.

 

 

3.

4.

5.

Waterways in Goa

 

NW-27-Cumberjua

NW 68 – Mandovi

NW 111 – Zuari

 

A proposal for development of these NWs at a cost of Rs. 22.65 crore has been approved. Work is proposed to be executed by Mormugao Port Trust in consultation with Government of Goa. A tripartite MoU is under finalization.   

6.

Alappuzha – Kottayam – Athirampuzha Canal (NW-9) :

Proposal for development of waterway at a cost of Rs.1.60 crore has been approved. Tendering for night navigation facilities completed. Dredging is proposed departmentally.  Departmental dredger already mobilized.     

7.

River Rupnarayan (NW-86)

Proposal for development at a cost of Rs. 24.00 crore has been approved.  Work awarded for setting up of floating terminal.

8.

Sunderbans Waterways    (NW-97)

Proposal for development at a cost of Rs. 18.10 crore has been sanctioned. Tenders for dredging and floating terminals are in process.

 

The status of DPRs of the remaining 28 NWs is given in the table below. Based on the findings of the DPRs, the contours of their development would be decided.

Sr.No.

Name of the Waterway

States

Length (km)

DPRs received

1

GHAGHRA RIVER (NW-40)

U.P & Bihar

354

2

KOSI RIVER (NW-58)

Bihar

236

3

SUBANSIRI RIVER (NW-95)

Assam

106

4

BAITARNI RIVER (NW-14)

Odisha

48

5

MAHANADI -LUNA RIVER (NW-64)

Odisha

98

6

AMBA RIVER (NW-10)

Maharashtra

45

7

REVADANDA CREEK - KUNDALIKA RIVER (NW-85)

Maharashtra

31

8

MAHI RIVER (NW-66)

Gujarat

247

9

NARMADA RIVER (NW-73)

Gujarat & Maharashtra

226

10

TAPI RIVER (NW-100)

Gujarat

173

11

SUBARNAREKHA RIVER (NW-96)

Odisha

30

12

AJOY (AJAY) RIVER (NW-7)

West Bengal

19

13

ICHAMATI RIVER (NW-44)

West Bengal

63

14

KABINI RIVER (NW-51)

Karnataka

23

15

CHAPORA RIVER (NW-25)

Goa

25

16

DABHOL CREEK - VASHISHTI RIVER (NW-28)

Maharashtra

45

17

MAPUSA - MOIDE RIVER (NW-71)

Goa

27

18

SAVITRI RIVER (BANKOT CREEK) (NW-89)

Maharashtra

45

19

GURUPUR RIVER (NW-43)

Karnataka

10

20

NETRAVATHI RIVER (NW-74)

Karnataka

30

21

KALI RIVER (NW-52)

Karnataka

53

22

SHARAVATI RIVER (NW-90)

Karnataka

29

DPRs under preparation

23

ALAPPUZHA- CHANGANASSERY CANAL (NW-8)

Kerala

29

24

KOTTAYAM-VAIKOM CANAL (NW-59)

Kerala

19

25

Kalyan-Thane-Mumbai Waterway, Vasai Creek and Ulhas river (NW- 53)

Maharashtra

145

26

Tizu and Zungki rivers (NW-101)

Nagaland

42

27

Yamuna (NW-110)

Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh

1089

28

Jhelum (NW-49)

Jammu & Kashmir

110

 

As per RITES Report of 2014 on “Integrated National Waterways Transportation Grid”, the logistic cost of transportation by Inland Water Transport (IWT) mode is lower than rail and road as given below:

 

Mode

Rail

Road

IWT

Freight (Rs/TKm)

1.36

2.50

1.06

 

The significant cost saving shows that the promotion of Inland Water Transport (IWT) would have positive impact on the overall logistics cost.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Shipping and Finance Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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