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Waterways between Delhi and Prayagraj soon, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

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on Friday said a detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared for connecting to through waterways.

Speaking to ANI, said: "Connecting to through waterways is one of my dream projects. People will be able to travel via a jetty, which will also help in reducing road traffic and air pollution."

In an attempt to boost the tourism and employment sector, the said: "We are bringing in ethanol-driven engines to run This will also provide a new opportunity for our fishermen community."

for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation also said that 'Hilsa,' considered as East Asia's most prized fish, can swim back up to in Ganga from the next monsoon. "This will help in boosting the employment opportunities for the fishermen in the state," he said.

The navigational lock at is said to have been designed in a manner to ensure smooth and safe migration of the fishes during three mating seasons by partially opening the gates only for four hours in a day.

After inaugurating the new system of navigation lock in Farakka, for the smooth flow of river information system from to and fish in Ganga river, the Minister briefed about the upcoming developmental projects.

Gadkari, who was in Prayagraj to inaugurate Phase 2 of the RIS on Waterway-1 (River Ganga) between and (410 km) also unveiled new arrangement of navigation lock at Farakka that would enable the breeding of fish in and help preserve the river ecosystem.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 18:59 IST