An inland waterways authority to be set up in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh government has announced that an inland waterways authority would be set up to expand water transport in the state. The proposed body will function as a nodal authority coordinating with the Indian Inland Waterways Authority (IWAI) and regulate all activities related to inland waterway transport and tourism in Uttar Pradesh. Moreover, it will ensure compliance with environmental and safety laws related to water transportation, besides conducting hydrographic surveys and inspections for the development and better utilisation of waterways. The expansion of water transport in Uttar Pradesh is progressing rapidly and the NW from Prayagraj to the port city of Haldia in West Bengal is already operational.