27th September, 2002
Ministry of Shipping  


Union Minister, Shipping, Shri V.P. Goyal inaugurated today a cargo cum Passenger Terminal situated at Pandu, Guwahati on the bank of river Brahamaputra. The Terminal worth Rs. 30 crore is being developed by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) on National Waterways No. 2 which is 890 kms. long from Dhubri to Sadiya.

Ministry of Shipping has planned similar terminals at Patna, Allahabad and also on waterways in Kerala. These terminals are expected to be operative by June, 2003.

Inland water transport being cost effective and fuel efficient, the completion of these terminals is expected to substantially augment the commercial as well as pilgrimage traffic on all National Waterways. The major items for transport on NW-2 are cement, fertilizer, coal, grains, stones and silica etc.

Brahamaputra and Ganga are both Himalayan Rivers. Despite heavy siltation in their basin and both the rivers being flood prone, the Ministry of Shipping has started a difficult task of dredging the navigational channels of these rivers. Sh Goyal while addressing to the authorities of waterways and the local press at Guwahati has promised to make these waterways navigational, whatever be the cost of dredging. He assured that a separate pool of funds shall be provided for annual dredging.