In-land wa­ter­way com­mis­sioned

Commercial Vehicle - - NEWS -

For the first time after in­de­pen­dence, an In­dian con­tainer ship trans­ported goods from Kolkata to Varanasi across the river Ganges re­cently. The ves­sel car­ried 16 trucks worth of cargo over a dis­tance of 1,390 km. Like the in-land wa­ter­way route be­tween Kolkata and Varanasi, the govern­ment is said to have iden­ti­fied 111 in­land wa­ter­way routes to­talling 20,276 km. It hopes to re­vive these routes to com­ple­ment the road and rail ca­pac­ity. Ex­pected to be a game changer, the in-land wa­ter­ways are claimed to be quite cost ef­fec­tive. Claim ex­perts, that the trans­port by wa­ter costs half of what it costs by road. They men­tioned that the cen­tral govern­ment is plan­ning to build ports along the coun­try’s 7,500 kilo­me­tre coast­line.

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