Amendments to The National Waterways Bill, 2015 has been approved by cabinet (Download PDF)


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Amendments in The National Waterways Bill, 2015 have been officially approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairperson of Union Cabinet. Inland waterways as the national waterways based on the recommendations of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture will lunch new 106 waterway.

Key facts

  • Five existing national waterways Acts will be succeed by the National Waterways Bill, 2015.
  • These Bill covered all existing five national waterways Acts.
  • This Bill covers additional 106 inlands waterway so total number of national waterways (NW) will go up to 111 from existing five national waterways.

This Bill includes exclusion of

  • 10 waterways from Kerala and 17 waterways merged with the existing waterways.
  • 18 new waterways have been added which will be
  • 5 for Karnataka and 5 for Meghalaya,
  • 3 each from Maharashtra and Kerala,
  • 1 for Tamil Nadu and 1 for Rajasthan.

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is allowed to develop the feasible stretches for Shipping and Navigation after this declaration.

Inland Waterways

The cheapest and environment friendly modes of Transportation are waterway and it is well suitable for transportation of heavy and bulky goods.

Existing five national waterways:

  • NW 1: between Allahabad and Haldia (1620 km) on Ganga River
  • NW 2: between Sadiya and Dubri (891 km)
  • NW 3: West Coast Canal (205 km) in Kerala
  • NW 4: Kakinada–Pondicherry stretch River Godavari and Wazirabad– Vijayawada stretch of River Krishna in Andhra Pradesh
  • NW 5: Talcher–Dhamra (620 km) stretch on Mahanadi River.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 10, 2015


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