Center plans Inland Waterways Transport Development project in Assam

The Government of India has developed a waterway infrastructure for Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) development on National Waterway No. 2 (NW-2) and National Waterway no. 16 (NW-16) in Assam at Rs 1,010 crore which will help boost industries on the banks of the Brahmaputra (NW-2) and Barak (NW-16) rivers .

This emerges from a report by the Union Ministry of Trade and Industry. The report further states that the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will implement this project.

Activities planned on NW-2 for seamless connectivity include ship repair facilities at Pandu Port. The total cost of the project is Rs 208 crore. A dedicated road linking NH-27 to the Port of Pandu is being developed to provide a seamless connection to the port. The cost of the project is 180 million rupees. Two floating docks will be installed in Bogibeel and Guijan. The total cost of the project is Rs 8.26 crore. Feasibility report for the development of Bogibeel cargo terminal on NW-2 is being prepared. The approximate cost of the project is Rs 46 crore. A permanent jetty is also being developed at Jogighopa. The work was awarded to NHIDCL on the basis of escrow work. The cost of the project is Rs 68 crore.

The Barak River from Lakhimpur to Bhanga (121 km) was declared NW-16 in March 2016. The total length of the route is 121 km. The activities planned on NW-16 will be carried out in two phases. Phase-I is expected to be completed by 2025. An amount of Rs 145 crore has been approved for the development of NW-16 and Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route in 2020-21 to 2024-25.

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