Guwahati, May 30: The Inland Waterways Authority of India organized the roadshow with an aim to inspire people to step forward and take action on the major issues linked with developing the rivers of the North-East as viable and sustainable means of cargo and passenger transportation.
The roadshow was kicked a week ago in Guwahati where the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region DoNER raised the concern to enable smooth navigation on rivers in the North-East and the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route.
Chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India, Nutan Guha Biswas assured about the necessary steps need to be taken for the smooth navigation of rivers. The assurance by the Chairperson came after various stakeholders, including government officials from Assam and Meghalaya, who attended the recent IWAI road show, demanded night navigation facilities and more roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) facilities on National Waterways-2 (Dhubri-Sadiya stretch of Brahmaputra) and the IBP route.
The Brahmaputra River connects the North-East with Kolkata through the IBP route. The route offers a seamless connectivity between National Waterways-1 (Allahabad-Haldia) and ports in Bangladesh via National Waterways-2 (Pandu, Assam).
The officials have also demanded an Inland Waterways Terminal between Dibrugarh and Bogibil in Assam for more loading-unloading facilities and warehousing facilities on Inland water Transport (IWT) routes in the North-East. The Government of India is making constant endeavors to promote waterways as a more cost-effective, economically viable and environment-friendly mode of transport in the country.