Cargo traf­fic on NW-1 to touch 21.89 MT by 2021: Gadkari

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Union Min­is­ter & Min­is­ter of Water Re­sources and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion, Nitin Gadkari has in­formed that Na­tional Wa­ter­way 1 (NW-1) on River Ganga is ex­pected to see 21.89 mil­lion tonnes (MT) of cargo traf­fic in the next two to three years. “This will be on the back of govern­ment mea­sures to pro­mote in­land water transport in the coun­try,” he said. Thir­teen sta­teof-the-art ship de­signs have been drawn up as part of ef­forts to boost river transport and re­move any am­bi­gu­ity on ves­sel size per­mit­ted to sail on River Ganga, he added.

“A study has pro­jected traf­fic at 21.89 MT on Na­tional Wa­ter­way 1 by 2021,” Gadkari said. The cargo traf­fic on NW-1 was 5.5 MT in 2017-18. Cur­rently, var­i­ous projects un­der­way on NW-1 have the ter­mi­nal ca­pac­ity of 13.62 MT and these in­clude Varanasi, Hal­dia and Sa­he­b­ganj mul­ti­modal hubs, the min­is­ter fur­ther said. With In­land Wa­ter­ways Author­ity of In­dia (IWAI) com­ing up with 13 ves­sel de­signs, this move would serve as an en­abler for the do­mes­tic ship­build­ing in­dus­try work­ing on in­land ves­sels.

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