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Government of India
Ministry of Shipping
26-July-2018 17:16 IST
Proposals for Waterways

The Minister of State for Shipping and Finance ShriPonRadhakrishnanin a written reply to a question in LokSabha todayinformedthat 111 inland waterways (including 5 existing) have been declared as ‘National Waterways’ (NWs) under the National Waterways Act, 2016 with effect from 12th April, 2016, after due consultations and recommendations of the State Governments.  

The Minister informed that reduced transportation cost is an important factor among others for development of National Waterways.  As per RITES Report of 2014 on “Integrated National Waterways Transportation Grid”, the cost saving in transportation of goods through Inland Water Transport (IWT) mode is as under:-

Mode

Railways

Highways

IWT

Freight (Rs/TKm)

1.36

2.50

1.06

 

ShriPonRadhakrishnanfurther informed the house that the NW-1 (River Ganga), NW-2 (River Brahmaputra), NW-3 (West Coast Canal from Kottapuram to Kollam along with Udyogmandal and Champakara Canals), NW-16 (River Barak), NW-27, 68 and 111 (in Goa), NW-9 (in Kerala) and NW-97 are operational.He said that the Government is implementing the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) at a cost of Rs. 5369.18 crore for capacity augmentation of navigation on the Haldia – Varanasi stretch of NW-1( River Ganga)with the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank.

Based on the feasibility reports completed so far, the Inland Waterways Authority of India has found 36 NWs to be technically viable for development of shipping and navigation.Development activities have been initiated on 8 NWs as per details is as follows:-

 

National Waterways

Status

  1. River Barak (NW-16):

Under Phase -1, thestretch between Silchar to Bhanga (71 km) has been taken up for development.  Waterway is operational with limited infrastructure facility.   

 

  1. River Gandak (NW-37): Bhaisalotan Barrage near TriveniGhat to confluence with Ganga river at Hajipur (296 km)in Bihar and UP.

Development works commenced from Ganga confluence to Bagaha Bridge (250 km approx.) stretch of NW-37 under Phase-1.

Waterways in Goa

 

  1. NW-27-Cumberjua – confluence with Zuari to confluence with Mandovi river (17 km)

  2. NW 68 – Mandovi– Usgaon Bridge to Arabian Sea (41 km)

5.   NW 111 – Zuari– Sanvordem Bridge to Marmugao Port (50 km).

Development works for expansion / setting up of floating jetties and upgradation/ installation of navigational aids is underway.  NWs of Goa are operational.

 

 

 

 

6. Alappuzha – Kottayam – Athirampuzha Canal (NW-9) :Boat Jetty, Alappuzha to Athirampuzha (38 km) in Kerala.

Development work in the Alappuzha – Kottayam stretchhas commenced under Phase-1 for cargo movement. Waterways are already operational for ferry services. 

7. River Rupnarayan (NW-86): Confluence of Dwarkeshwar and Silai rivers (Pratappur) to confluence with Hooghly river (Geonkhali) (72 km) in West Bengal.

Approximately 34 kms between Geonkhali to Kolaghat stretch has been taken up for development under Phase-I.

8. Sunderbans Waterways    (NW-97): Namkhana to AtharaBanki Khal & 13 connected rivers (654 km) in West Bengal.

Phase-I development workof this waterway fromNamkhana toAtharaBanki Khal (172 km)has been taken up.  Waterway is already operational under Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route. 

 

 

The status of DPRs for the remaining 28 NWs is as follows:-

 

Status of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of 28 NWs

Sl. No.

River/Canal (NW)

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

 

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