six year wait, the detailed hydrographic survey has been completed by the
Inland Waterways authority of India to develop the waterways from Kakinada to
Chennai. The project conceived during UPA I regime (2004-09) to develop the
waterways between Kakinada and Ennore is moving at snailís pace while the projects taken up on river Ganga
are about to be commissioned.
In a written answer given the Lok Sabha on
July 19th,, Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhkrishana said a
detailed hydrographic survey has been completed by the Inland Waterways
Authority of India (IWAI) in respect of Kakinada to Ennore stretch of National
Waterway-4 in order to develop water ways from Kakinada to Chennai.
of National Waterway-4 is planned in three phases. Development of Phase-I
works between Vijayawada to Muktyala stretch of Krishna River has been taken up
at a cost of Rs. 96.00 crore out of which Rs.18.00 crore has been
utilized so far. Vijayawada to Kakinada and Rajamundry to Polavaram
portion of NW-4 is planned for development in Phase-II. Tendering process has
been undertaken by the IWAI for a comprehensive hydrographic and navigation
study for this stretch.
completion of Phase I and II, the balance stretches of NW-4 are planned for
development in Phase III.
initial project to develop water ways between south Chennai and Puducherry
conceived during UPA I government has been dropped and the project office has
since been shifted to Vijayawada from Chennai.