Mr Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping, informed Rajya
Sabha in reply to a question that the Kakinada-Puducherry stretch of canals and
the Kaluvelly tank, Bhadrachalam-Rajahmundry stretch of river Godavari and
Wazirabad - Vijayawada stretch of river Krishna with a total length of 1,078 km
was declared as National Waterway-4 (NW-4) in 2008.
The stretch was further extended
up to Nashik in case of Godavari and up to Galagali in case of river Krishna,
in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and
Puducherry under the National Waterways Act, 2016. The length of NW-4 is 2,890
km and it is planned to be developed in three phases:-
i. Phase-I: - Vijayawada to Muktyala stretch of Krishna River.
ii. Phase-II: - Kakinada to Vijayawada and Rajahmundry to Polavaram
after completion of Phase-I.
iii. Phase-III :- Remaining stretches of NW-4 after completion of
Phase-I and Phase-II
Development work of Phase-I of NW-4 at a cost of Rs 96 crore has already
commenced. The status of work for development of fairway and terminals is as
shown in the table.
RoRo services between Ibrahimpatnam and Lingayapalam, for transportation
of construction materials on NW-4 (river Krishna) is already under operation,
which is on similar lines to that of Dhubri and Hatsingimari, said a release