Will Ganga river waterways be developed on the same lines as that of Mississippi? Nitin Gadkari has taken a tour of the Mississippi inland waterways system.
Will Ganga river waterways be developed on the same lines as that of Mississippi? Nitin Gadkari, Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister has taken a tour of the Mississippi inland waterways system during his US visit.
Mississippi inland waterways are the world’s most commercially viable, and have 40,000 kms of navigable water covering almost the entire North America.
The idea behind Nitin Gadkari’s tour was to study the structure of the Mississippi River inland waterway and the feasibility of similar arrangements to make the Ganga river waterways navigable in a commercially viable manner.
According to a Ministry of Shipping release, Gadkari was impressed by the barrages and the manner in which the authorities have been able to keep navigation cost effective in the Mississippi inland waterways system. Gadkari hopes to do the same in India.
Gadkari also studied the mechanism of regular dredging of the river and maintenance of its freight barges through a system of locks. The release said that Gadkari “examined the towboats pushing barges lashed together to form a big tow as an extremely efficient mode of transportation, moving about 22,500 tons of cargo as a single unit. A single 15-barge tow is equivalent to about 225 railroad cars or 870 tractor-trailer trucks If the cargo transported on the Mississippi inland waterways each year had to be moved by another mode, it would take an additional 6.3 million rail cars or 25.2 million trucks to carry the load, the officials told Gadkari.”
Gadkari believes that the barges, when built in India, will help the movement of large quantities of bulk commodities and raw material like coal, petroleum, stones, sand and gravels used in road and highway building and food grains at relatively low cost.