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List of 111 National Waterways in India

26-NOV-2018 12:37
National Waterway in India

As per The National Waterways Act, 2016, 111 waterways have been declared as National Waterways (NWs) including the five existing NWs. Out of the 111 NWs, NW-1, 2, & 3 are already operational.  Cargo as well as passenger / cruise vessels are plying on these waterways.

The Minister of State for Shipping and Finance Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha informed that 20 National Waterways out of 111 are in North Eastern Region (NER).

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The Minister Shri Pon Radhakrishnan informed that reduced transportation cost is an important factor among others for development of National Waterways in the country. 

As per Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) Report of 2014 on “Integrated National Waterways Transportation Grid”, the comparative cost of the transportation of goods through different channels is as follows;

      Mode

 Freight ( Rs/ Tonne Kilometre )

     Taxes

Total Rs / Tonne Kilometre

   Railways

1.36

    3.71%

    1.41

   Highways

2.50

    3.09%

    2.58

   IWT

1.06

      Nil

    1.06

It is worth to mention that the Government of India does not impose any tax on the transportation through waterways.  

List of Important National Highways of India

The List of the 111 National Waterways (NWs) is given below:

National Waterways

Approximate Length (Km.)

State

National Waterway-1

1620

UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal

National Waterway-2

891

Assam

National Waterway-3

365

Kerala

National Waterway-4

2890

Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telanagana

National Waterway-5

588

Odisha, West Bengal

National Waterway-6

71

Assam

National Waterway-7

96

West Bengal

National Waterway-8

28

Kerala

National Waterway-9

38

Kerala

National Waterway-10

45

Maharashtra

National Waterway-11

98

Maharashtra

National Waterway-12

5.5

UP

National Waterway-13

11

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-14

49

Odisha

National Waterway-15

137

West Bengal

National Waterway-16

121

Assam

National Waterway-17

191

HP & Punjab

National Waterway-18

73

Assam

National Waterway-19

68

UP

National Waterway-20

94

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-21

139

Telangana Karnataka

National Waterway-22

156

Odisha

National Waterway-23

56

Odisha

National Waterway-24

60

UP

National Waterway-25

33

Goa

National Waterway-26

53

J&K & Punjab

National Waterway-27

17

Goa

National Waterway-28

45

Maharashtra

National Waterway-29

135

West Bengal

National Waterway-30

114

Assam

National Waterway-31

110

Assam

National Waterway-32

63

Assam

National Waterway-33

61

Assam

National Waterway-34

130

West Bengal

National Waterway-35

113

West Bengal

National Waterway-36

121

West Bengal

National Waterway-37

300

Bihar & UP

National Waterway-38

62

Assam & West Bengal

National Waterway-39

49

Meghalaya

National Waterway-40

340

Bihar & UP

National Waterway-41

112

Karnataka

National Waterway-42

518

UP

National Waterway-43

10

Karnataka

National Waterway-44

64

West Bengal

National Waterway-45

650

Haryana, Punjab & Rajasthan

National Waterway-46

35

J&K

National Waterway-47

131

West Bengal

National Waterway-48

590

Rajasthan & Gujarat

National Waterway-49

110

J&K

National Waterway-50

43

Meghalaya & Assam

National Waterway-51

23

Karnataka

National Waterway-52

54

Karnataka

National Waterway-53

145

Maharashtra

National Waterway-54

86

UP & Bihar

National Waterway-55

364

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-56

23

Jharkhand

National Waterway-57

46

Assam

National Waterway-58

236

Bihar

National Waterway-59

28

Kerala

National Waterway-60

77

West Bengal

National Waterway-61

28

Meghalaya

National Waterway-62

100

Assam

National Waterway-63

327

Rajasthan

National Waterway-64

425

Odisha

National Waterway-65

81

West Bengal

National Waterway-66

248

Gujarat

National Waterway-67

94

Karnataka

National Waterway-68

41

Goa

National Waterway-69

5

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-70

242

Maharashtra,  &Telangana

National Waterway-71

27

Goa

National Waterway-72

60

Maharashtra

National Waterway-73

227

Gujarat

National Waterway-74

78

Karnataka

National Waterway-75

141

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-76

23

Karnataka

National Waterway-77

20

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-78

265

Maharashtra & Telangana

National Waterway-79

29

Andhra Pradesh

National Waterway-80

125

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-81

35

Bihar

National Waterway-82

72

Assam

National Waterway-83

31

Maharashtra

National Waterway-84

42

HP & J&K

National Waterway-85

31

Maharashtra

National Waterway-86

72

West Bengal

National Waterway-87

212

Gujarat

National Waterway-88

14

Goa

National Waterway-89

46

Maharashtra

National Waterway-90

29

Karnataka

National Waterway-91

52

Maharashtra

National Waterway-92

26

West Bengal

National Waterway-93

62

Meghalaya

National Waterway-94

160

Bihar

National Waterway-95

111

Assam

National Waterway-96

314

Jharkhand, West Bengal & Odisha

National Waterway-97 (Sunderbans)

654

West Bengal

National Waterway-98

377

Punjab & HP

National Waterway-99

64

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-100

436

Maharashtra &  Gujarat

National Waterway-101

42

Nagaland

National Waterway-102

86

Mizoram

National Waterway-103

73

UP

National Waterway-104

230

Telangana, Karnataka & AP

National Waterway-105

16

Karnataka

National Waterway-106

20

Meghalaya

National Waterway-107

45

Tamil Nadu

National Waterway-108

53

UP

National Waterway-109

164

Maharashtra & Telangana

National Waterway-110

1089

Haryana, UP & Delhi

National Waterway-111

50

Goa

Source:PIB

The table given above shows the cost of transportation through the National Waterways is very cheaper as compared to other mode of transport. If these all National Waterways become operational then there would a tremendous cost cutting in the transport bill of the companies which will further reduce the price of many commodities.

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