As per Union minister of Road transport & highways Mr. Nitin Gadkari,” Inland waterways would be a game changer in the country as it will reduce logistic cost to a large extent, it will help industry in export promotion and creating more employment.”

Going by the stats, a single standard vessel has the capacity to transport cargo load equivalent to 125 truckloads or a single train load of 40 rail wagons. So moving the cargo by waterways will be a cost effective idea.  Government targets to operationalize 10 such waterways by end of 2018.

Three multimodal hubs will also be created at Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi), West Bengal (Haldia) and Bihar (Sahebganj). The first waterway will be on river Ganga (1620 km stretch) from Kolkata to Varanasi called NW-1. The second waterway will be on river Brahmaputra (890 km stretch) called NW-2. Next will be turn of river Mandavi, Zuari, Amba and Brahmani.

This will also create a wide scope of employment in these areas and will benefit the Logistics sector in a big way.

 

By Kanika Adlakha