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Muktyal to Vijayawada waterway stretch on River Krishna is part of National Waterway 4 being developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). The 82-km inland waterway stretch will be developed as Phase-1 of National Waterway-4 under Sagar Mala project.

Map of National Waterway 4

Map of National Waterway 4

Map of National Waterway 4

Mainly used for transportation of cement and construction material for new capital city Amaravati.

National Waterway 4

NW-4 in Andhra Pradesh has total length of 2890 km is proposed to be developed in 3 phases:

  • Phase-1: Muktyala to Vijayawada (Krishna River) (82 Km)

  • Phase-II: Vijayawada to Kakinada (Eluru canal & Kakinada canal) and Rajahmundry to Polavaram stretch of Godavari (233 Km)

  • Phase-III: Commamur Canal, Buckingham canal and balance stretches of Krishna & Godavari Rivers (573km)

Phase 1 of National Waterway 4

  • Three cargo terminals will be built at Muktyala, Ibrahimpatnam and Harishchandrapur.

  • Four Passenger Terminals will be built at Durga Ghat, Bhawani Island, Vedadari, and Amravati.

  • Work is expected to be completed by June, 2019

Significance of NW 4

  • Provide efficient logistics solution to boost economic growth.

  • Facilitate development of new capital city Amravati by transporting substantial construction material.

  • Ro-Ro services will provide intra-city transportation of passengers and vehicles, reducing traffic congestion and pollution and saving transportation cost.

  • Promote tourism and pilgrimage around Vijayawada and Amaravati.

About National Waterways of India

  • National waterways are developed by the central government through the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

  • First national waterways established in India- NW-1, 2 & 3 have a combined length of 2, 716 km.

What is IWAI?

  • Set up by the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act in 1985

  • Statutory autonomous body for regulating and developing navigation and shipping in the inland waterways.

  • Provided responsibility of development, maintenance, and regulation of national waterways.

  • Central Inland Water Transport Corporation (CIWTC) supports IWT through transportation of cargo via inland waterways and the operation and maintenance of the vessels and waterway terminals.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 12, 2017

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