Shipping Ministry Approves Rs 645 crore for 10 New Waterways projects on Brahmaputra in Assam

The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal announced a major investment of more than Rs 645 crores to develop 10 waterways projects under the flagship Sagarmala program of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways.

Shipping Ministry Approves Rs 645 crore for 10 New Waterways projects on Brahmaputra in Assam

The projects will be implemented with 100% financial assistance from the central government to enhance terminals and riverine infrastructure along the river Brahmaputra (National Waterways 2) to boost connectivity and foster economic growth.

With the development of North-Eastern states in focus, including Assam, projects exceeding Rs 1,000 crore have been initiated under the Sagarmala program. In Assam alone, projects exceeding ?760 crore are currently underway, signifying the government's dedication to the region's progress.

The MoPSW is also developing River tourism and water sports along the Brahmaputra under which seven tourist jetties will be constructed at Oriumghat, Bhupen Hazarika Setu, Koliabhom ora Bridge at Tezpur, Bogibeel Bridge, Dikhow Mukh, Kalongmukh and Uzanbazar in Guwahati.

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Development of an Eastern Grid – at the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers along with the Ganga and Sundarbans – will boost regional integration and trade with South Asia and Eastern South Asia. Eastern Grid can unlock a multi-lateral trade potential of 49 billion dollars.

The Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route developed jointly by India and Bangladesh at an estimated cost of Rs 305.84 crores provides alternate connectivity for all North-eastern states from Guwahati and Jogighopa to Kolkata and Haldia ports.

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The Sirajganj-Diakhowa (175 km) on River Jamuna and Ashuganj-Zakiganj (295km) of River Kushiyara on the IBP routes are being developed to connect with River Brahmaputra and River Barak (NW-16) in Assam.

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