Four major rivers, including Jehlum and Chenab, in Jammu and Kashmir have been declared “national waterways” by the Union government, paving the way for inland navigation on them to boost water transport and tourism, the state government has said.
“The Union government has declared four rivers namely Chenab, Indus, Jhelum and Ravi as national waterways, which would be developed in a phased manner,” Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary said.
He said the state government was examining the feasibility-cum-detailed project report of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) prepared for inland navigation and construction of horizontal and vertical terminals across these waterways.
“The development of these national waterways will boost the Inland Water Transport, besides, exploit the tourism potential on the national waterways of the state and improve the socio-economic profile of people of these areas,” he said. Read More…
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