Inland Waterways Authority of India
|भारतीय अंतर्देशीय जलमार्ग प्राधिकरण|
|Formed||27 October 1986|
|Headquarters||Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|Parent department||Ministry of Shipping|
India has an extensive network of inland waterways in the form of rivers, canals, backwaters and creeks. The total navigable length is 14,500 km, out of which about 5200 km of the river and 4000 km of canals can be used by mechanised crafts. Freight transportation by waterways is highly under-utilised in India compared to other large countries and geographic areas like the United States, China and the European Union. The total cargo moved (in tonne kilometres) by the inland waterway was just 0.1% of the total inland traffic in India, compared to the 21% figure for United States. Cargo transportation in an organised manner is confined to a few waterways in Goa, West Bengal, Assam ,and Kerala. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the statutory authority in charge of the waterways in India. Its headquarters is located in Noida, UP. It does the function of building the necessary infrastructure in these waterways, surveying the economic feasibility of new projects and also administration.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (Hindi: भारतीय अंतर्देशीय जलमार्ग प्राधिकरण) (IWAI) was created by Government of India on 27 October 1986 for development and regulation of Inland waterways for shipping and navigation. The Authority primarily undertakes projects for development and maintenance of Inland Waterway Terminal infrastructure on National Waterways through grant received from Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways. The head office is at Noida. The Authority also has its regional offices at Patna, Kolkata, Guwahati and Kochi and sub-offices at Allahabad, Varanasi, Bhagalpur, Farrakka and Kollam.
Amitabh Verma is the current Chairman of the Authority.
Based on the data available on navigable waterways, compiled by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation, 101 water bodies with a minimum length of 25 km is to be declared as national waterways.
National Waterway 1
- Allahabad–Haldia stretch of the Ganges–Bhagirathi–Hooghly river system.
- Estd = October 1986.
- Length = 1620 km
- Fixed terminals = Haldia, BISN (Kolkata), Pakur, Farrakka and Patna.
- Floating terminals = Haldia, Kolkata, Diamond Harbour, Katwa, Tribeni, Baharampur, Jangipur, Bhagalpur, Semaria, Doriganj, Ballia, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chunar and Allahabad
- Cargo Movement = 3 million tonnes
National Waterway 2
- Sadiya — Dhubri stretch of Brahmaputra river.
- Estd = September 1988.
- Length = 891 km
- Fixed terminals = Pandu.
- Floating terminals = Dhubri, Jogighopa, Tezpur, Silghat, Dibrugarh, Jamgurhi, Bogibil, Saikhowa and Sadiya
- Cargo Movement = 2 million tonnes
National Waterway 3
- Kottapuram-Kollam stretch of the West Coast Canal, Champakara Canal and Udyogmandal Canal.
- Estd = February 1993
- Length = 205 km
- Fixed terminals = Aluva, Vaikom, Kayamkulam, Kottappuram, Maradu, Cherthala, Thrikkunnapuzha, Kollam and Alappuzha
- Cargo Movement = 1 million tonne
National Waterway 4
- Kakinada–Pondicherry stretch of canals and the Kaluvelly Tank, Bhadrachalam – Rajahmundry stretch of River Godavari and Wazirabad – Vijayawada stretch of River Krishna.
- Estd = November 2008
- Length = 1095 km
National Waterway 5
- Talcher–Dhamra stretch of the Brahmani River, the Geonkhali - Charbatia stretch of the East Coast Canal, the Charbatia–Dhamra stretch of Matai river and the Mangalgadi - Paradip stretch of the Mahanadi River Delta.
- Established = November 2008
- Length = 623 km
National Waterway 6
NW-6 is a proposed Waterway.
- In Assam, Lakhipur to Bhanga of river Barak.
- Established 2013
- Length = 121 km
- Roy, Vijay C; Mukul, Jyoti (29 July 2015), Govt plans to convert 101 rivers into national waterways: Amitabh Verma, New Delhi: Business Standard