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West Coast Canal between Kovalam-Nileshwaram

The Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan, while answering a question in Lok Sabha on 4 January 2018 informed that the West Coast Canal (WCC) between Kottapuram to Kollam along with Champakara and Udyogmandal Canals, declared earlier as National Waterway-3, has further been extended in the north up to Kozhikode vide National Waterways Act, 2016.  

The development of NW-3 is undertaken with the overall funds allocated to Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) under Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) and those raised by the IWAI in the form of Extra Budgetary Resources (EBRs) as bonds, concludes a release.

The Centre has been consistently striving to reduce the logistics cost by promoting the national waterways through a project named Jal Marg  Vikas Project. Just a few days back, for instance, the government approved the Rs 5,369-crore Jal Vikas Marg Project (JVMP) for enhanced navigation on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1 (NW-1).
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