nearly 14,500 km of navigable inland waterways, even though the exploitation of IWT sector has remained neglected, with most waterways requiring constant dredging on account of heavy silting and draft available only seasonally.
Besides, not many entrepreneurs are willing to invest in inland vessels, which have resulted in under utilisation of whatever infrastructure is created, thereby putting brakes on the development of sector.
In China, navigable inland waterways total more than 100,000 km and there are a large number of inland port facilities with berths for large vessels. IWT accounts for almost 10 per cent of the freight tonnage. In neighbouring Bangladesh, about 35 per cent of the freight movement is by inland waterways, according to figures from the Asian Development Bank.