River Information System has been launched by Union Government [ Current Affairs ]
Union Government has launched India’s first ever River Information System (RIS) which facilitate safe and accurate inland waterway navigation. This system will be implemented in phases.
- The first phase will cover 145-km stretch of National Waterways 1 on the Ganges River.
- Inland Waterway Authority of India (IWAI) is implementing RIS in India which is statutory body under the aegis of Union Ministry of Shipping.
About River Information Services (RIS):
- To improve transport and traffic processes in inland water navigation RIS are made up by combination of modern tracking equipment comprising of hardware and software designed.
- The system is capable for enhance swift electronic data transfer between mobile vessels and Base stations (on shore) from advance and real-time exchange of information.
- And the main objective behind this is to update the exchange of information via Very high frequency (VHF) wireless communication between waterway operators and users.
This system would facilitate:
- Enhancement of inland navigation safety in ports and rivers.
- Better use of the inland waterways.
- Environmental protection.
- With this implementation following risks can be avoided:
- Ship-to-Ship collisions.
- Ship-Bridge collisions.
This system has successfully implementation phase in many countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, China and US.
- The RIS system will be later extended up to Varanasi in two more phases and in Phase-II, it will cover stretch from Farakka to Patna (410 Km. )
- Published on: January 8, 2016