Three new national waterways on anvil

New Delhi, July 13 | Updated: Jul 14 2005, 05:30am hrs
Minister of shipping, road transport and highways TR Baalu on Wednesday said that the government has started the process of declaration of three new national waterways. These would be Kakinada-Pondicherry canal integrated with Godavari and Krishna rivers, the Barak river and east coast canal integrated with Brahmani river.

The first of these proposed national waterways passes through Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The second one is entirely in Assam but is connected with Haldia and Kolkata ports through the waterways in Bangladesh. The third one is in Orissa and West Bengal. Mr Baalu was speaking at the fifth meeting of the consultative committee of road transport and highways. The model share of inland water transport is targeted to be increased from the below 1% currently to at least 2% in the next 10 years.