Most of the Inland Waterways projects in Southern
India and West Bengal have been declared not feasible by the NOIDA based Inland
Waterways Authority of India while work is on full swing on the projects in
Ganga and Brahmaputra. This will bring down cost of transportation to Bihar and
Uttar Pradesh considerably
As many as five projects in Tamil Nadu, two each
in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, one in Goa besides four in West Bengal will
not be taken up for execution as they have been found “ technically not feasible”
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)
has found that 20 proposed national waterways are technically not feasible, a
report said. These include five in Tamil Nadu, four in West Bengal, two each in
Odisha, Karnataka and Maharashtra and one each in Assam, Andhra Pradesh,
Gujarat and Goa besides one jointly in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
IWAI which has conducted a study on the
feasibility of national waterways has found that 20 national waterways are
technically not feasible," a shipping ministry report has said.
A sum of
nearly Rs one crore was spent on the studies
However, it said that national waterways is an
alternative mode of transportation and could ease burden from roads and rail,
and Jal Marg Vikas Project could play an important role in providing
supplementary mode of transportation.
Fuel consumption per ton km is to the tune of Rs
1.16 it said.
The authority primarily undertakes projects for
development and maintenance of IWT infrastructure on national waterways through
grant received from the ministry of shipping.
India has about 14,500 km of navigable waterways
which comprise rivers, canals, backwaters, creeks, etc.
government has already 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). This will help movement of goods to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.