Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority

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Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority
Agency overview
Formed October 31, 1958 (1958-10-31)
Preceding agency
  • East Pakistan Inland Water Transport Authority
Type Department
Headquarters BIWTA Bhaban, 141/143, Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Employees 3076[1]
Annual budget BDT 458.378 Million (2008-2009)[2]
Minister responsible
  • Dr. Afsarul Amin, Ministry of Shipping And Inland Water Transport[3]
Agency executive
  • Md. Abdul Malek Mia, Chairman

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ অভ্যন্তরীণ নৌপরিবহন কর্তৃপক্ষ) also known as BIWTA is the authority who controls the inland water transport in Bangladesh. It's also responsible for managing development and maintenance of inland water transport system.



The department was first established in 1958 by the former East Pakistan government as East Pakistan Inland Water Transport Authority (EPIWTA). It was established for overall control, management, and development of inland water transports in the entire region. This agency was introduced on October 31, 1958 with the ordinance called the East Pakistan Inland water Transport Authority Ordinance 1958 (E.P. Ordinance, NO LXXV of 1958). Later the government appointed three constituted authority of this institution on November 4, 1958. After independence of Bangladesh this department was named as Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority. Today, an appointed advisory committee advise in respect of all related development, maintenance, and operations of inland water transport and of inland waterways in Bangladesh.[1]


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