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    Maruti cars transported on Ganga waterways

    Today, 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.
  • #575178
    Wow that is the great news shared by the author. India has all natural resources which were not tapped to the potential and previous governments never had such a foresight as they always busy in minting money through various scams. Inland water ways are the best to transport lofty goods for long distance and India must make use of big rivers with long distance and has the potential to provide employment and raise the business opportunities in that region. The transport of Maruti cars from Varanasi to Haldia is the testimony and example for future that even passenger ferries can be operated to transport people and ease the demand on Railways and Road.
    K Mohan
    I consider myself as the learner everyday

  • #575287
    Really a good news. Using waterways for transport especially the cargo would reduce the traffic on roads. To keep these waterways operation, an amount of Rs. 7,000 crores is allotted for an year. Mr. Gadkari said that at least 7% of the cargo transport will be done through waterways by 2018. Currently, 3.6% of cargo transport is being done through waterways whereas it is 47% in China. It would be very helpful if waterways are used as pollution, congestion etc,. will be reduced by significant amounts.

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