MoSPW inaugurates dredging works at NW-44 in West Bengal

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) has initiated dredging works at NW-44 (Ichhamati river). The central government has recently declared a 63 km section of the Ichhamati river as NW-44, and the MoPSW is working towards developing the Ichhamati river route as an international waterway, which will help increase and facilitate trade between India and Bangladesh. Besides, the West Bengal government is likely to construct the Taranipur bridge at chainage 61.9 km on a deposit work basis, with a funding of Rs 1.36 billion under the Sagar­ma­la programme. For the decongestion of traffic from Ghojadanga-Bhomra to the Petrapole–Benapole Integrated Check Post, a feasibility study of the Ic­hhamati river is expected to assess its navigability and inclusion in the Pro­tocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade as the new Indo Bangladesh Pro­tocol (IBP) route of Hemnagar-Kalanchi-Khedapara (170.38  km) with thr­ee stretches – Hemnagar to Bansjhari, Mallikpur, spanning 82 km (propos­ed IBP route), Bansjhari, Mallikpur to Kalanchi, spanning 63.38 km (NW-44), and Kalanchi to Khedapara, spanning 25 km (proposed IBP route).