Union Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari
will flag off the first movement of cement cargo through National Waterway (NW)
2 on River Brahmaputra in Assam tomorrow 29 December, under the Shipping
Ministry’s flagship programme Sagarmala. He
will also lay the foundation stone for bank protection work of Majuli Island
tomorrow. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, will also be present on the
Two barges of 200 metric tonnes capacity
each, are likely to carry 400 tonnes of cement from the Inland Waterways
Authority of India’s Pandu Port to Dhubri covering a distance of 255
kilometers. With this, IWAI will be initiating regular
cargo movement through inland waterways under the Sagarmala programme.
Transportation of cargo through NW 2
from Pandu to Dhubri will help save 150,000 tonne kilometre of road transportation
per trip and 300 kilometre of road travel while reducing the logistics costs.
Notably, where one Horse Power can move 150 kilogram on road and 500 kilogram
on rail, it can move 4000 kilogram on waterways.
Further, while one litre fuel can move 24
tonne per kilometre on road and 85 tonne per kilometre on rails, the same
amount of fuel can move 105 tonne per kilometre on waterways. In addition, the
infrastructural development for Inland Water Transport (IWT) requires minimal
land as compared to road and rail.
IWAI will charge only Rs 318 per tonne
as waterway transportation charges from Pandu to Dhubri/Hatsingimari to enthuse
entrepreneurs and logistic operators to shift to the cost effective and
eco-friendly mode of transportation. IWAI has been working closely with major
cement firms like Dalmia, Star and Amrit and appreciates interest shown by them
in cargo movement through waterways.
Efforts are on to get other
cargo owners to shift their transportation to waterways as this can be a key
enabler for reduction of logistics cost and open up more business &