Connecting India Through Waterways

India’s network of waterways extend to about 14500 km across the country and comprise rivers, lakes, canals, backwaters, and estuaries. Despite the potential of providing an alternative means of transport for passengers and freight, inland waterways are highly under-utilized in India as compared to other countries in the world. According to a study done by the Ministry of Road Transport, Highways, and Shipping, “only 3.5 % of India’s trade is done through waterways as against 47% in China, 40% in Europe, 44% in Japan, and 35% in Bangladesh.”

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