13 May 2012

Increase in the Inland Water Transport

The Central Government has taken various steps to increase Inland Water Transport (IWT) including development of National Waterways and providing the required inland water transport infrastructure. 

Further, for development of waterways of North Eastern Region, there is a central sector plan scheme under which 100% grant is provided by the Ministry of Shipping to the respective State Governments of the North East. 

Inland Water Transport (IWT) accounts for less than 1% modal share (in terms of tonne - km.) in India which is very little in comparison to some other countries. 

Government, as an ongoing exercise, identifies and considers proposals to declare various stretches of rivers as National Waterways, depending, inter-alia, on least available water depth, width of fairway, continuous stretch of the waterway and feasibility of developing the waterways on commercial basis.

The above information was given by the Union Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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