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Water taxi services will be introduced in Yamuna river to cater to Delhi region

Water taxi services will be introduced in the sixteen kilometer stretch on the Yamuna river from Wazuirabad to Fatehpur Jat to serve the goods transportation needs of the National capital region Delhi,

Inland Waterways Authority of India, IWAI, had invited separate tenders for ferry vessels, fairway development (dredging) and setting up of floating jetties to introduce water taxi services.

The National Green Tribunal was approached for clearance regarding ecological and environmental aspects for plying of water taxi on river Yamuna. NGT referred the matter to a Principal Committee, which in its meeting held last year, deliberated upon the ecological and environmental aspects for plying of water taxi on Yamuna.

The Principal Committee had opined that the project proponent should have a relook at the proposal, taking into account the environmental impact of the activities proposed in the drinking water reservoir. They should also carry out the cost benefit analysis of the project taking into account the environmental costs, Thereafter they could approach the Principal Committee for re-consideration of the proposal.

 NGT, Delhi has been duly informed about the recommendations of the Principal Committee. IWAI has appointed an agency to carry out the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), Social Impact Assessment (SIA) study and cost benefit analysis of the Wazirabad to FatehpurJat stretch in river Yamuna. 

The information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping  Pon.Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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