The Government has commenced work on development of eight new National Waterways; their details and operational status is given below: Declared Stretch of NW Status River Barak (NW-16):
Bhanga - Lakhipur Stretch of 121 km.Under Phase-1, the stretch between Silchar to Bhanga (71 km) has been taken up for development. Waterway is operational with limited infrastructure facility. River Gandak (NW-37): Bhaisalotan Barrage near TriveniGhat to confluence with Ganga river at Hajipur (296 km)in Bihar and UP. Development works have commenced from Ganga confluence to Bagaha Bridge (250 km approx.) stretch of NW-37 under Phase-1. Waterways in Goa NW-27-Cumberjua - confluence with Zuari to confluence with Mandovi river (17 km) NW 68 - Mandovi- Usgaon Bridge to Arabian Sea (41 km) NW 111 - Zuari- Sanvordem Bridge to Marmugao Port (50 km).
Development works for expansion/ setting up of floating jetties and upgradation/ installation of navigational aids is underway. NWs of Goa are operational.6. Alappuzha - Kottayam - Athirampuzha Canal (NW-9) :Boat Jetty, Alappuzha to Athirampuzha (38 km) in Kerala. Development work in the Alappuzha-Kottayam stretch has commenced under Phase-1 for cargo movement. Waterway is already operational for ferry services.7. River Rupnarayan (NW-86): Confluence of Dwarkeshwar and Silai rivers (Pratappur) to confluence with Hooghly river (Geonkhali) (72 km) in West Bengal. Approximately 34 kms between Geonkhali to Kolaghat stretch has been taken up for development under Phase-I.8. Sunderbans Waterways (NW-97): Namkhana to AtharaBankiKhal& 13 connected rivers (654 km) in West Bengal. Phase-I development work of this waterway from Namkhana to AtharaBankiKhal (172 km) has been taken up. Waterway is already operational under Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route.
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