Status Of National Waterway-4
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping informed Rajya Sabha in reply to a question that the Kakinada-Puducherry stretch of canals and the Kaluvelly tank, Bhadrachalam-Rajahmundry stretch of river Godavari and Wazirabad - Vijayawada stretch of river Krishna with a total length of 1,078 km was declared as National Waterway-4 (NW-4) in 2008. The stretch was further extended to Nashik in case of Godavari and uptoGalagali in case of river Krishna, in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry under the National Waterways Act, 2016. The length of NW-4 is 2890 km and it is planned to be developed in three phases:-
Phase-I: - Vijayawada to Muktyala stretch of Krishna River.
Phase-II: - Kakinada to Vijayawada and Rajahmundry to Polavaram after completion of Phase-I.
Phase-III:- Remaining stretches of NW-4 after completion of Phase-I and Phase-II
Development work of Phase-I of NW-4at a cost of Rs. 96 crore has already commenced. The Status of work for the development of fairway and terminals is as follows :
|1||Dredging from Vijayawada to Muktyala||In progress with scheduled completion by June 2019|
Four Floating Terminals at -
a) Durga Ghat
b) Bhavani Island
|Establishment of floating terminals to be completed by March 2019|
Three Fixed Terminals at -
|Land acquisition for the construction of terminals is in progress in consultation with the Government of Andhra Pradesh|
Ro-Ro Services between Ibrahimpatnam&Lingayapalam, for transportation of construction materials on NW-4 (river Krishna) is already under operation, which is on similar lines to that of Dhubri and Hatsingimari.