Assam gets ₹1,250 crore central fund for inland water transport

Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday announced that Rs1,250 crore has been sanctioned for overall development of inland water transport of Assam.

The union minister for road transport, highways and shipping asked the state water resources department to involve a foreign consultant, if required, for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) within three months, it added.

Of this amount, Rs32 crore will be utilised for constructing 56 terminals and Rs60 crore for Ro-Ro service, an official release said. Ro-ro is ‘roll-on, roll-off’ ferry service in which people and goods including vehicles would be ferried. Infrastructural development will also be brought about at the terminals at Bogibeel, Nematighat, Kamalabari, Silghat, Jogighopa, Silchar, Dhubri and Pandu, the release said.

Gadkari asked the state government to take immediate steps to upgrade the entire network of embankments measuring around 4,474km and make them road-cum-dykes. The expenses of this upgradation job would be borne by the Centre, he said adding that raw materials should be procured from local markets and local youths should be involved in the project.

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