- India is set to deploy its first world-class river information system (RIS) by the end of August in the Sagar-Farakka section of National Waterway (NW) 1, the stretch with the highest traffic.
- The RIS will function like air traffic control to ensure smooth flow of vessels and cargo on the waterway.
- How is this going to help the Indian Economy in a longer/ shorter run?
Since thermal power plants, cement and fertiliser companies, and Food Corporation of India have expressed interest in using NW 1 as a cheap and clean form of transport, the RIS would act as a catalyst in promoting waterways.
What are the major checkpoints in the NW1 stretch?