Inland Waterways

Govt plans to convert 101 rivers into national waterways

Interview with Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India.


How do you plan to develop 101 waterways when even the 5 declared so far are yet to be fully developed? what’s different now?

Reasons –  delays in pre-feasibility and techno-economic feasibility status, difficulties in land acquisition and coordination with state government.

What now – 101 water bodies with a minimum length of 25 km are proposed to be declared as national waterways. This will expedite the focussed studies.


Isn’t it difficult and expensive to make waterways navigable? What needs to be done?

  • State governments have to be on board.
  • We are also looking at the best design and combination of vessels.
  • We also have differential global positioning systems (GPS) installed at national waterways 1 and 2.


Where will the funding come from?

World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Also exploring public-private partnerships.


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