the 111 National Waterways (NWs) declared under the National Waterways Act,
2016, 13 NWs are operational for shipping and navigation and cargo/passenger
vessels are moving on them. The details of operational NWs are as follows:
Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has put in place a structured management
and monitoring system with competent and experienced professionals, to ensure
that the projects on NWs are qualitatively executed in a time-bound manner. In
addition, the progress of execution of projects is regularly reviewed at
various levels within IWAI and the government.
Water Transport (IWT) mode is widely recognised as environment-friendly and
cost-effective mode of transport. As per RITES Report of 2014 on Integrated
National Waterways Transportation Grid, some of the important benefits of IWT
mode compared to rail and road transportation are fuel efficiency and cost
savings as given below:
Litre of fuel moves 24 tonne-km on road, 95 tonne-km on rail and 215 tonne-km
ii. Comparative cost
for movement of freight.
addition to the economic and environmental benefits, IWT aims to create for the
shippers and logistics players, an alternative to the two dominant modes of
transport, viz. road and rail.
of State for Shipping, Mr Pon. Radhakrishnan, gave this information in reply to
a question in the Lok Sabha, said a release.