As many as 32 new National Waterways in the Country have been considered
technically feasible for development of shipping and navigation, the Lok Sabha
Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said Prime Minister Narendra
Modi will soon inaugurate eight National Waterways (Nws).
He said,“Out of 106 newly—declared National Waterways (Nws), 32 NWs are
considered technically feasible so far. Out of these 32 NWs, the development of
seven NWs has been approved.”
The 32 NWs include Barak, Mandovi, Zuari, Kosi, Sunderban waterways,
Subansiri, Mahanadi, Alappuzha—Changanassery canal, Kottayam—Vaikom canal,
Kabini, Mapusa, Dabhol creek, Savitri, Mahi, Narmada and Tapi.
Replying to another question, Gadkari said expansion and modernisation of
Major Ports in the Country is an ongoing process to keep the ports abreast with
new technologies and also to meet trade requirements.
The process involves construction of new berths and terminals,
mechanisation of existing berths and terminals, capital dredging for deepening
of drafts for attracting large vessels in port channels, road and rail
connectivity and installation of vessel traffic management system.
The Minister said as a result of these initiatives taken by the Government,
aggregate cargo handling capacity in Major Ports has expanded during the 12th
Plan (2012—17) from 696.53 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 1065.83 mtpa
while the cargo handled at major ports increased from 560.13 MT to 647.76 MT
during the 12th Plan period.
The various modernization measures have enabled easy and smooth movement of
goods at Major Ports, he said.