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Six years after it was conceived the Waterways project between Kakinada and Chennai is still at drawing board stage

After 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.

Development 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. 

On completion of Phase I and II, the balance stretches of NW-4 are planned for development in Phase III.

The 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.

 

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