India’s inland waterways network facilitates trade between neighbouring countries

In a first ever movement of its kind, Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemical & Fertilizers, recently  digitally  flagged-off a ship of the Inland Waterways Authority of India, carrying stone from Bhutan to be delivered in Bangladesh. While connecting the two countries with India as a transit, the ship sailed over river Brahmaputra and the Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route.

The stone aggregates were transported by trucks from Phuentsholing in Bhutan which is 160 KMs from IWAI’s Dhubri jetty in Assam. Till now, Bhutan has been exporting significant quantity of stone aggregates to Bangladesh through the land route. The ship carried 1000 MT of stones – 70 trucks would be required to transport the same cargo by road.

Speaking on this occasion Mandaviya transport of cargo through this route will reduce travel time by 8 to 10 days, and reduce transportation cost by 30%, bringing down logistics costs. Pravir Pandey, Chairman IWAI was also present on the occasion who informed that capital dredging has been carried out to maintain an assured draft in the navigation channel.

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