Gadkari to flag off first movement of cement cargo on Brahmaputra today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Dec 2017 09:22:07




UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari will flag off first movement of cement cargo through National Waterway (NW) 2 on the Brahmaputra in Assam on Friday, in an effort to push transportation of goods through water.
The idea is to develop Brahmaputra River (NW2) for commercial navigation and the efforts are part of renewed focus over the last three years to promote inland water transport in the North East Region (NER).

“Marking a new milestone towards Government of India’s constant endeavours to promote economically more viable and environment friendly modes of transport in the country, two barges of 200-metric tonne capacity each will carry 400 tonnes of cement from the Inland Waterways Authority of India’s Pandu Port to Dhubri covering a distance of 255 kilometres. With this, the IWAI will be initiating regular cargo movement through inland waterways under the Sagarmala programme,” the Ministry of Shipping said.

Gadkari, the minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, will flag off the first movement of cement cargo through NW 2 on river Brahmaputra in Assam tomorrow under the shipping ministry’s flagship programme Sagarmala.

He will also lay the foundation stone for bank protection work of the Majuli island in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. “Transportation of cargo through NW 2 from Pandu to Dhubri will help save 1,50,000 tonnes of road transportation per trip and 300 km of road travel while reducing the logistics costs. Notably, where one horse power can move 150 kg on road and 500 kg on rail, it can move 4,000 kg on waterways,” the statement said. Further, while one litre of fuel can move 24 tonnes per km on road and 85 tonnes on rail, the same amount of fuel can move 105 tonnes per km on waterways, it said, adding that infrastructural development for Inland Water Transport (IWT) requires minimal land compared to road and rail.

The IWAI will charge only Rs 318 per tonne as waterway transportation charges from Pandu to Dhubri/Hatsingimari to encourage entrepreneurs and logistic operators to shift to a cost effective and eco-friendly mode of transportation.