New Delhi, April 8 (IANS): Aiming to draw attention to the augmentation of the existing network of inland waterways, among others, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways along with the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) have planned a ‘Waterways Conclave 2022’ in Dibrugarh in Assam on 11-12 April.
The river transport sector can play an important role in improving inland connectivity and regional integration, including in the North East region of India. The Indian government has signed bilateral agreements with the government of Bangladesh to enhance river transport and maritime relations. India is also a major trade and transit partner for Bhutan and Nepal.
The International Waterways Indo-Bangladesh route is already operational. There is connectivity between Assam and Bangladesh via National Waterway 2 in the Brahmaputra and National Waterway 16 on the Barak River.
“The main objective is simply to focus attention on increasing the existing network, making it a bit more modern, state-of-the-art, equipping it to handle the increase in traffic and obtaining more and more investment in the waterways sector,” said Jayant Singh, Deputy Chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
“Of course, the aim is also to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist in this sector and to establish a regional connectivity network based on waterways so that the logistical problems that plague this part of the world are solved,” Singh said. . IANS.
Alongside the aspirations of Prime Minister Gati Shakti’s National Master Plan, Waterways Conclave aims for the rapid development of multi-modal projects in the North East region to boost economic activities and increase job creation.
There is potential for increased regional trade and investment through collaboration. New opportunities for cooperation in the waterway sector between nations will be generated.
FICCI is the industrial partner of the two-day conclave.
The two-day session would discuss and deliberate on the potential for regional connectivity with a focus on IBP routes; the role of coastal cabotage as a gateway to landlocked states and the region; and the technical, regulatory and management challenges of regional trade.
Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma are expected to s to address the conclave.
Waterways Conclave 2022 will also bring together various waterways ecosystem stakeholders such as policy planners, senior officials, national and international investors, industry experts, infrastructure players, vessel owners and operators, the cruise tourism industry, cargo passengers, representatives of major ports. as well as the governments of the maritime states of the country.