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The government’s decision to leverage to move export-bound cargo to international seaports seems a welcome step towards developing a multimodal transport system in the country. Though the intention of this land-locked state, quite clearly, is to use the vast stretch of the river Ganga to carry goods directly to the Haldia port in West Bengal for shipments abroad, the integration of the Varanasi-Haldia inland waterway with the existing roads and highways network would translate into a convenient and coherent cargo and passenger transportation system. What is even more important is that it might, hopefully, spur other states also to gainfully utilise their water transport potential, which, at present, is either not harnessed or is grossly underutilised.

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First Published: Tue, November 22 2022. 22:48 IST

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