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Important National Waterways in India


The Government of India is working to develop inland waterways as an alternative mode of transport in the country, which is cleaner and cheaper than both road and rail transport. There are 111 National Waterways in the country today, after 106 waterways were declared as National Waterways, adding to the list of 5 existing NW, in 2016.

Some of the National Waterways in the country are already operational/ navigable and are being used for transportation are given below:

List of Important National Waterways in India

Name of National Waterway

Length (km) Location (S)

National Waterway-1: Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River System (Haldia – Allahabad)

1620

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal

National Waterway 2:Brahmaputra River (Dhubri – Sadiya)

891

Assam

 

National Waterway 3:West Coast Canal (Kottapuram – Kollam), Champakara and Udyogmandal Canals

205  

 

Kerala

National Waterway 4

(Phase-I : Vijaywada to Muktyala)

82

Andhra Pradesh

National Waterways in Maharashtra

i)National Waterway 10 (AMBA RIVER)

ii)National Waterway 85 (REVADANDA CREEK – KUNDALIKA RIVER SYSTEM)

 

 

45

 

Maharashtra

31

National Waterways in Goa

 

i) NW-27-Cumberjua – confluence with Zuari to confluence with Mandovi river (17 km)

ii)  NW 68 – Mandovi– Usgaon Bridge to Arabian Sea (41 km)

iii) NW 111 – Zuari– Sanvordem Bridge to Marmugao Port (50 km).

17

Goa

41

50

NW – 9: Alappuzha – Kottayam – Athirampuzha Canal Boat Jetty, Alappuzha to Athirampuzha (38 km) in Kerala.

38 Kerala
NW-100:  TAPI RIVER 173

Gujarat

 NW-97: Sunderbans Waterways 201

West Bengal

(through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route)

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is working on developing the new National Waterways and enhancing their navigational potential. The development work is preceded by a feasibility study which inter-alia covers the potential of navigability, cargo availability, and cost of development of the NW concerned.

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