DPR process on 30 NWs
Development activities have been initiated on 10 National Waterways (NWs), Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said in Lok Sabha on 7 Feb 2019.
Detailed project reports (DPRs) are being done on 30 NWs. The rest are under feasibility studies with five as existing.
The Inland Water Authority of India (IWAI) is undertaking development of NWs for purposes of shipping and navigation from the Government Budgetary Support (GBS)/Internal and Extra Budgetary Resources (IEBR) and multilateral funding provided by the Central Government.
Necessary support is requested from the State Governments from time to time as per requirement for matters related to acquisition of land, law and order, water, electricity etc. which come under the purview of State Governments, he told the house.
List of 10 viable NWs on which development activities have been initiated:
Name of the Waterway Status and Time-frame
River Barak (NW-16)
Development at a cost of Rs.76.01 crore for years 2016-17 to 2019-20 for Phase-1 of NW-16 from Silchar to Bhanga has commenced. Maintenance dredging for fairway development work in Silchar-Bhanga stretch has commenced. Consultant has been engaged for the upgradation of terminals at Badarpur, Karimganj and new floating terminal at Silchar. Waterway is operational with limited infrastructure facility.
River Gandak (NW-37)
Development at a cost of Rs. 12.91 crore for years 2017-18 to 2018-19 including fairway maintenance work has commenced. Waterway is operational with limited infrastructure facility.
NW 68 – Mandovi
NW 111 – Zuari
A proposal for the development of NWs in Goa at an estimated cost of Rs.22.65 crore for years 2017-18 to 2018-19 has been approved. Work is to be executed through Government of Goa with the assistance of Mormugao Port Trust. A Tripartite MoU has been signed for the commencement of works. Tendering for 4 floating jetties is under process. NWs of Goa are operational.
Alappuzha– Kottayam – Athirampuzha Canal (NW-9)
Proposal for development of the waterway at an estimated cost of Rs.1.60 crore for years 2017-18 to 2018-19 has been approved. Night navigation facilities has been procured and installed. Dredging is proposed departmentally. Waterway is already operational for ferry services.
River Rupnarayan (NW-86)
Proposal for development of the waterway at an estimated cost of Rs.24.00 crore for years 2017-18 to 2018-19 has been approved. Work has been awarded for setting up of floating terminal. Tendering for dredging is at an advanced stage. Waterway is operational.
Sunderbans Waterways (NW-97)
Proposal for the development of waterway at an estimated cost of Rs.18.10 crore for years 2017-18 to 2018-19 has been approved. Work order has been issued for dredging. Waterway is part of Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route and already operational for vessels.
River Kosi (NW-58)
Project proposal sanctioned for Rs.15.68 crore for years 2018-19 to 2019-20 to develop the waterway with minimum required infrastructure (bandalling, channel marking, floating terminals and conducting monthly survey etc.). Waterway is operational.
River Ghagra (NW-40)
An amount of Rs. 11.60 crore for years 2018-19 to 2019-20 has been approved for fairway development by bandalling and day channel marking, creation of floating terminals and monthly surveys. Waterway is operational.
Detailed Project Reports: 30 NWs – river, state/s and length:
GHAGHRA RIVER (NW-40) UP & Bihar 354-km
KOSI RIVER (NW-58) Bihar 236-km
GANDAK RIVER (NW-37) Bihar & UP 296-km
SUNDERBANS WATERWAY (NW-97) West Bengal 201-km
CUMBERJUA RIVER (NW-27) Goa 17-km
MANDOVI RIVER (NW-68) Goa 41-km
ZUARI RIVER (NW-111) Goa 50-km
BARAK RIVER (NW-16) Assam 121-km
RUPNARAYAN RIVER (NW-86) West Bengal 45-km
SUBANSIRI RIVER (NW-95) Assam 106-km
BAITARNI RIVER (NW-14) Odisha 48-km
MAHANADI -LUNA RIVER (NW-64) Odisha 98-km
AMBA RIVER (NW-10) Maharashtra 45-km
REVADANDA CREEK – KUNDALIKA RIVER (NW-85) Maharashtra 31-km
MAHI RIVER (NW-66) Gujarat 247-km
NARMADA RIVER (NW-73) Gujarat & Maharashtra 226-km
TAPI RIVER (NW-100) Gujarat 173-km
SUBARNAREKHA RIVER (NW-96) Odisha 30-km
AJOY (AJAY) RIVER (NW-7) West Bengal 19-km
ICHAMATI RIVER (NW-44) West Bengal 63-km
KABINI RIVER (NW-51) Karnataka 23-km
CHAPORA RIVER (NW-25) Goa 25-km
DABHOL CREEK – VASHISHTI RIVER (NW-28) Maharashtra 45-km
MAPUSA – MOIDE RIVER (NW-71) Goa 27-km
SAVITRI RIVER (BANKOT CREEK) (NW-89) Maharashtra 45-km
GURUPUR RIVER (NW-43) Karnataka 10-km
ALAPPUZHA- CHANGANASSERY CANAL (NW-8) Kerala 29-km
ALAPPUZHA- KOTTAYAM – ATHIRAMPUZHA CANAL (NW-9) Kerala 52-km
KOTTAYAM-VAIKOM CANAL (NW-59) Kerala 19-km
Kalyan-Thane-Mumbai Waterway, Vasai Creek and Ulhas river (NW- 53) Maharashtra 145-km. fiinews.com