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