India's first Inland waterways known as National Waterway 1 or NW1 developed by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on 12th November 2018 in Varanasi. Its a river cargo service starting from seaport of Haldia to Varanasi, a 1360 km long river route.
The Cargo Ship MV Rabindranath Tagore carried 16 containers belonging to PepsiCo from Kolkata to Varanasi. Below are the few facts about Inland Waterways in India as provided by World Bank.
Freight transportation over the water is way Greener
Freight transportation over the water is also Cheaper, almost half the price of a truck with no cost of building and maintaining roads
India's abysmal performance in usage of its rivers for freight movement
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