The Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, said on December 27 that technical work on the Pandu ship repair facility should start from May 2022 and be completed by 2024.
Sonowal held a meeting with officials from India’s Inland Waterways Authority (IWAI), Cochin Shipyard Limited and IIT, Madras to review the ship repair facility’s progress, highlighting the importance of the ship repair facility to the region.
The project, also known as “Slipway”, is being designed and implemented jointly by IWAI and Cochin Shipyard Limited with technical support from IIT Madras on 3.67 hectares of land.
Sonowal stated that future progress of the Northeast would be in the development of the waterways as he gave details about the project. He noted that work on National Waterway 2 and National Waterway 6 has already begun to facilitate freight and passenger traffic, as well as tourist piers for the region’s economic growth.
In order to achieve a navigable waterway, both rivers are to be dredged at critical points so that sufficient depth is achieved for cargo ships to move, he said.
âOur rich historical economic prosperity can be revived by developing our rivers as waterways for the smooth and rapid transport of cargo and passengers. This will not only stimulate the export sector of the entire northeast region, but also become an important multiplier in the creation of jobs in the region. All state governments in the northeast have expanded their support for the expansion of these waterways. We – the center along with state governments – will work seamlessly together so that people can reap the benefits and thrive, âsaid Sonowal.
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