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Promotion of Inland Water Transport 

The Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Chemical & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh L Mandaviya in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today informed that the development of viable National Waterways is being undertaken for the movement of cargo and passenger vessels.  Besides, under the Sagarmala Programme, a Central Sector Scheme is being implemented for providing support to Major/Non-Major Ports/State Governments for creation of infrastructure to promote movement of cargo/passengers by sea/National Waterways.

The details of the National Waterways which are operational/ navigable for transportation at present is as follows-

Sl. No. National Waterway No. Length (km) State
1. National Waterways-1: Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River System (Haldia – Allahabad) 1620 Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
2. National Waterway 2:Brahmaputra River (Dhubri – Sadiya) 891 Assam


3. National Waterway 3:West Coast Canal (Kottapuram – Kollam), Champakara and Udyogmandal Canals 205  


4. National Waterway 4(Phase-I) : Vijaywada to Muktyala 82 Andhra Pradesh
5. Waterways in Maharashtra

i)National Waterway 10 (Amba)

ii)National Waterway 85 (Revadanda Creek – Kundalika river system)







6. Waterways in Goa


i) NW-27-Cumberjua – confluence with Zuari to confluence with Mandovi river (17 km)


ii)  NW 68 – Mandovi– Usgaon Bridge to Arabian Sea (41 km)

iii) NW 111 – Zuari– Sanvordem Bridge to Marmugao Port (50 km).






7. Alappuzha – Kottayam – Athirampuzha Canal (NW-9): Boat Jetty, Alappuzha to Athirampuzha (38 km) in Kerala. 38 Kerala
8. TAPI RIVER (NW-100)

(Sea- mouth to Magdala Port)

15 Gujarat
9. Sunderbans Waterways    (NW-97): 201 West Bengal

(through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route)


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