Union Minister Sonowal announces completion of 90% of waterway development projects

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Union Minister of Shipping and Ports Sarbananda Sonowal asserted on Tuesday that 90% of waterway development projects initiated in the past decade have been successfully completed. 

Encouraging young individuals to leverage the improved waterways for cost-effective goods transportation and career opportunities in maritime sectors, Sonowal spoke at a program marking the inauguration and foundation stone laying of Inland Waterways Authority of India projects worth over ₹284 crore.

Sonowal said, “Timely and quality implementation are hallmark of good governance under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.” 

I am glad that 90 per cent of the projects undertaken in waterways development under Modi ji in last 10 years have been completed within his tenure itself. The remaining one-two projects will be completed by this year end”, the Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways added.

Sonowal inaugurated a passenger-cum-cargo terminal at Bogibeel, Inland Water Transport terminal at Sonamura and an upgraded terminal at Karimganj and Badarpur at the programme.

He also announced six tourist jetties at various locations on the Brahmaputra river, 19 passenger vessels for national waterways 2 and 16, and extension of jetty, integrated office and bank protection, besides laying the foundation of the Dhubri office complex.

Sonowal asserted that the Modi government is uncovering the potential of waterways, attributing the lack of exploration and utilization in previous Congress regimes. 

He highlighted the amendment of old laws and the introduction of new legislations by the Modi government, aiming to enhance waterways for both passenger and cargo traffic. 

Additionally, he emphasized that beyond cost-effective goods transportation, the rise in maritime activities has created new employment opportunities in these sectors..

“Entrepreneurs and self-help groups can transport their produce through waterways.Ship building, maintenance, navigation, etc. are different avenues with employmentopportunities. And we are providing skill training in these sectors.

“Only completed projects won’t lead to development. These have to be utilised to the fullest. Our youth have to be curious and eager to learn,” the Union minister added.

Sonowal emphasized that the present Central government places special emphasis on advancing the development of the North East region, with the ‘Act East Policy’ serving as a testament to its dedication to these eight states. He highlighted an investment of ₹25 lakh crore in the North East region under the BJP-led government at the Centre, noting that this focus has instilled confidence in the people, empowering them to compete at the highest level.

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