Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s ambitious plan of starting a ‘water taxi’ service from the national capital suffered a setback last month when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) sent a notice to the government over the project. This is just one example of how the minister in charge of inland waterways and the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation will need to balance out the objectives of his two ministries.
The Ministry of Shipping and the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) had envisaged a ‘water taxi’ project on the Yamuna, which would run from Delhi’s Wazirabad barrage to Fatehpur Jat in Uttar Pradesh. The 16-km distance is expected to be covered by the water taxi in about 45 minutes and the central government would spend Rs 28 crore, including the cost of building terminals, dredging, and vessels.
The NGT has asked the IWAI, which had approached the tribunal seeking its nod for the commencement of boat transport service on a section of the Yamuna, to come up with a solution for plying ferries on the river without causing damage to it as it is a source of drinking water supply to the national capital. Read More…
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