The center is developing 60 jetties on the banks of the Ganges between Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Haldia in West Bengal, Union MoS for Shipping and Waterways Shantanu Thakur said on Sunday.
Inaugurating four such jetties on either side of the river at Nadias Kalyani and Tribeny in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, he said the center is also developing 118 waterways in the country.
“The 118 new waterways will reduce distances, lower transportation costs and benefit small traders, daily passengers and students. That will strengthen the economy,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is focusing on the country’s infrastructure development, which has long been neglected, he said.
“We want West Bengal government’s cooperation for infrastructure development as the state needs,” he said.
Thakur said the four jetties he inaugurated were built at a cost of Rs 8 crore.
He also initiated various developments along the Ichamati River – National Waterway 44, in North 24 Parganas District. Works will be carried out over 24 km along the river from Berigopalpore to Taranipore.