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Why 120 kms of Waterways in Assam to be Dredged

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The MoPSW has approved a fund of Rs 204.47 crore for the smooth execution of the project
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Guwahati: More than 120 kms of waterways in Assam were decided to be dredged. Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways (MoPSW), Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday confirmed that the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Dredging Corporation of India has signed an agreement to execute the project.

The MoPSW has approved a fund of Rs 204.47 crore for the smooth execution of the project and the agreement will be in force till 2026, with a provision to increase it further, Sonowal informed.

As per the agreement, multiple stretches over River Brahmaputra, Dhansiri, Kopili, and Barak will be developed to maintain all weather fairways to unlock the value of inland waterways transportation in the region.

Sonowal said, “The agreement will ensure that one of the most affordable, efficient and green modes of transportation gets a boost in the region which will tremendously help unlock the economic potential in the region. It will affect dredging, banding, channel markings, and river training works in order to ensure the safe navigation of vessels.”

The minister added that said that with the successful movement of huge cargo and the world’s longest river cruise, Ganga Vilas; the sustained LAD in waterways of the region will bolster business viability, and trade and unlock opportunities for the people of the region.

The objective of the project is to develop the fairway and maintenance three RoPax routes on the Brahmaputra River (NW-2), Kopili River (NW-57), and Barak River (NW-16) River navigational routes.

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