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Another Inland Waterway In The Offing, This Time Across River Ghaghra In UP

Swarajya Staff

Oct 09, 2018, 08:58 AM | Updated 08:58 AM IST

Minister for Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint via GettyImages)
Minister for Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint via GettyImages)

Union Minister For Highways and Waterways, Nitin Gadkari, will lay the foundation stone for the development of a 354-km-long section of River Ghaghra (National Waterway-40) from Faizabad to Manjhighat during his visit to Uttar Pradesh, PIB has reported. UP already has a waterway from Haldia to Allahabad (National Waterway - 1).

Earlier in June, Nitin Gadkari made clear his intention of having at least 10 of the proposed 111 declared national waterways operational by the end of 2018. A flagship project of Gadkari’s ministries, the move aims to provide a faster and more economical transport option to the goods and freight sector, as well as reduce the load on the railways and highways.

The Modi government had introduced the National Waterways Act in Parliament in 2016, declaring 111 stretches of rivers and canals as national waterways for transporting freight as well as passengers.

In January, the government followed up by overhauling the 100-year-old Inland Vessel Act which pertains to matters about inland water limits, the safety of vessels, employment, pollution control and insurance. A month later in February, the ministry began the process of allocating Rs 2,500 crore from the Central Road Development Fund towards developing inland waterways.


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