Inland Waterways

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    As a young man I used to ask myself why don't they use these rivers to transport goods and passengers. India has so many rivers that along with roads and and rails can play a major role in linking the entire country. It seems like someone has heard my idea finally.

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    The containers on the MV Rabindranath Tagore vessel, being transported by food and beverage giant PepsiCo is expected to reach its destination on November 12 and will be received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his parliamentary constituency.

    The Prime Minister will also open the newly-developed waterway terminal at Varanasi built as part of the centre's ambitious Sagar Mala project.

    The container vessel, which began its journey on Tuesday, is transporting 16 truckloads of food and snacks, said a statement from the Ministry of Shipping.

    With the Sagar Mala project, the government aims to reduce rail and road traffic, handling costs, pilferage and damage, and enable cargo owners to reduce their carbon footprints.

    Under it, 266 ports are set to be modernised with a total investment of more than Rs. 1.45 lakh crore over the next 10 years. The central government is also developing NW-1 under the Jal Marg Vikas Project, from Haldia to Varanasi - a distance of 1,390 km - at a cost of around Rs. 5,369 crore, with technical and financial assistance from the World Bank.

    Union Shipping Secretary Gopal Krishna said the "cargo movement to the east and northeastern states will become easier with the new mode of transportation through waterways."
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    The vessel will make its return journey with fertilizers belonging to Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), which will be procured from its Phulpur plant near Allahabad.

    India's First Inland Vessel, With Cargo Of 16 Trucks, Heads For Varanasi
     

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