The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has introduced two prime projects for National Waterway No 2, a section of the Brahmaputra River between the Bangladesh border and Sadiya (Assam).
- These two facilities will encourage the Inland Water Transport users to interpose into environment friendly mode of transportation.
The Projects include:
- Development of a ship repair facility (Slipway Project) at Pandu, Guwahati with an outlay of Rs 50.76 crore.
- Commencement of Ro-Ro ferry service between Dhubri & Hatsingimari of Assam.
Brief Description about Projects:
- Development of a ship repair facility – In order to provide ship repair facility in North East region, slipway project has already commenced on a plot of 37 acres obtained from Assam govt on 20 years lease and will be completed by December, 2018. This facility will enable the handling of vessels up to 60 meters in length and 3 vessels can be repaired simultaneously.
- Ro-Ro ferry service – It will facilitate movement of loaded/unloaded trucks between North bank and South bank of the river by trimming the travel distance from 220 km to 30 km. This will help the transport industry in saving considerable amount of fuel and time.
Inland Waterways Authority of India
Established in 1986, is the statutory authority in charge of the waterways in India. It does the function of building the necessary infrastructure in waterways, surveying the economic feasibility of new projects and also administration.
- Chairman – Amitabh Verma
- Headquarter – Noida, Uttar Pradesh
- Parent department – Ministry of Shipping
- Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping – Nitin Gadkari