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List of 111 National Waterways in India

Nov 26, 2018 12:37 IST
    National Waterway in India

    As per The National Waterways Act, 2016, 111 waterways have been declared as National Waterways (NWs) including the five existing NWs. Out of the 111 NWs, NW-1, 2, & 3 are already operational.  Cargo as well as passenger / cruise vessels are plying on these waterways.

    The Minister of State for Shipping and Finance Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha informed that 20 National Waterways out of 111 are in North Eastern Region (NER).

    list national waterways india

    The Minister Shri Pon Radhakrishnan informed that reduced transportation cost is an important factor among others for development of National Waterways in the country. 

    As per Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) Report of 2014 on “Integrated National Waterways Transportation Grid”, the comparative cost of the transportation of goods through different channels is as follows;

          Mode

     Freight ( Rs/ Tonne Kilometre )

         Taxes

    Total Rs / Tonne Kilometre

       Railways

    1.36

        3.71%

        1.41

       Highways

    2.50

        3.09%

        2.58

       IWT

    1.06

          Nil

        1.06

    It is worth to mention that the Government of India does not impose any tax on the transportation through waterways.  

    List of Important National Highways of India

    The List of the 111 National Waterways (NWs) is given below:

    National Waterways

    Approximate Length (Km.)

    State

    National Waterway-1

    1620

    UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal

    National Waterway-2

    891

    Assam

    National Waterway-3

    365

    Kerala

    National Waterway-4

    2890

    Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telanagana

    National Waterway-5

    588

    Odisha, West Bengal

    National Waterway-6

    71

    Assam

    National Waterway-7

    96

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-8

    28

    Kerala

    National Waterway-9

    38

    Kerala

    National Waterway-10

    45

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-11

    98

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-12

    5.5

    UP

    National Waterway-13

    11

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-14

    49

    Odisha

    National Waterway-15

    137

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-16

    121

    Assam

    National Waterway-17

    191

    HP & Punjab

    National Waterway-18

    73

    Assam

    National Waterway-19

    68

    UP

    National Waterway-20

    94

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-21

    139

    Telangana Karnataka

    National Waterway-22

    156

    Odisha

    National Waterway-23

    56

    Odisha

    National Waterway-24

    60

    UP

    National Waterway-25

    33

    Goa

    National Waterway-26

    53

    J&K & Punjab

    National Waterway-27

    17

    Goa

    National Waterway-28

    45

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-29

    135

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-30

    114

    Assam

    National Waterway-31

    110

    Assam

    National Waterway-32

    63

    Assam

    National Waterway-33

    61

    Assam

    National Waterway-34

    130

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-35

    113

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-36

    121

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-37

    300

    Bihar & UP

    National Waterway-38

    62

    Assam & West Bengal

    National Waterway-39

    49

    Meghalaya

    National Waterway-40

    340

    Bihar & UP

    National Waterway-41

    112

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-42

    518

    UP

    National Waterway-43

    10

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-44

    64

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-45

    650

    Haryana, Punjab & Rajasthan

    National Waterway-46

    35

    J&K

    National Waterway-47

    131

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-48

    590

    Rajasthan & Gujarat

    National Waterway-49

    110

    J&K

    National Waterway-50

    43

    Meghalaya & Assam

    National Waterway-51

    23

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-52

    54

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-53

    145

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-54

    86

    UP & Bihar

    National Waterway-55

    364

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-56

    23

    Jharkhand

    National Waterway-57

    46

    Assam

    National Waterway-58

    236

    Bihar

    National Waterway-59

    28

    Kerala

    National Waterway-60

    77

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-61

    28

    Meghalaya

    National Waterway-62

    100

    Assam

    National Waterway-63

    327

    Rajasthan

    National Waterway-64

    425

    Odisha

    National Waterway-65

    81

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-66

    248

    Gujarat

    National Waterway-67

    94

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-68

    41

    Goa

    National Waterway-69

    5

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-70

    242

    Maharashtra,  &Telangana

    National Waterway-71

    27

    Goa

    National Waterway-72

    60

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-73

    227

    Gujarat

    National Waterway-74

    78

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-75

    141

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-76

    23

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-77

    20

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-78

    265

    Maharashtra & Telangana

    National Waterway-79

    29

    Andhra Pradesh

    National Waterway-80

    125

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-81

    35

    Bihar

    National Waterway-82

    72

    Assam

    National Waterway-83

    31

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-84

    42

    HP & J&K

    National Waterway-85

    31

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-86

    72

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-87

    212

    Gujarat

    National Waterway-88

    14

    Goa

    National Waterway-89

    46

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-90

    29

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-91

    52

    Maharashtra

    National Waterway-92

    26

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-93

    62

    Meghalaya

    National Waterway-94

    160

    Bihar

    National Waterway-95

    111

    Assam

    National Waterway-96

    314

    Jharkhand, West Bengal & Odisha

    National Waterway-97 (Sunderbans)

    654

    West Bengal

    National Waterway-98

    377

    Punjab & HP

    National Waterway-99

    64

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-100

    436

    Maharashtra &  Gujarat

    National Waterway-101

    42

    Nagaland

    National Waterway-102

    86

    Mizoram

    National Waterway-103

    73

    UP

    National Waterway-104

    230

    Telangana, Karnataka & AP

    National Waterway-105

    16

    Karnataka

    National Waterway-106

    20

    Meghalaya

    National Waterway-107

    45

    Tamil Nadu

    National Waterway-108

    53

    UP

    National Waterway-109

    164

    Maharashtra & Telangana

    National Waterway-110

    1089

    Haryana, UP & Delhi

    National Waterway-111

    50

    Goa

    Source:PIB

    The table given above shows the cost of transportation through the National Waterways is very cheaper as compared to other mode of transport. If these all National Waterways become operational then there would a tremendous cost cutting in the transport bill of the companies which will further reduce the price of many commodities.

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