Maruti cars transported on Ganga waterwaysToday, Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways laid the foundation stone of the inland waterway terminal at Varanasi and flagged off the trial run of two cargo vessels from Varanasi to Haldia near Kolkata.
A roll-on-roll-off inland vessel will carry dozens of units of the Maruti Suzuki Alto and the Celerio. Five big terminals are proposed on the bank of river Ganga between Varanasi and Haldia.
Waterways have been projected as an environmental-friendly mode to transport goods which will not only reduce the burden on roads and rail but is considered a move to cut down costs also.
The total length of waterways in India is 14,500 kilometers comprising rivers, lakes, canals, creeks, backwaters etc.