The Centre has agreed to include the stretch of the river Godavari from Nasik in Maharashtra to Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh in the revised National Waterways Bill, 2015. The Telangana Government had also recently requested the centre to include the stretch of the Godavari from Kaleshwaram to Bhadrachalam as part of the National Waterway-4 from Bhadrachalam to Rajahmundry.
The National Waterways Bill was tabled in the parliament in May for declaring an additional 101 inland waterways as national waterways. The bill was examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture and had recommended that a revised bill be tabled during the next session of Parliament by including the stretch of Godavari from Nasik to Rajahmundry as National Waterway.
The National fisher folk forum has demanded a thorough public consultation with communities and States concerned, and provision of related documents in local languages allowing for sufficient time to study them, before the Bill is taken up in Parliament as they believe that it might affect their livelihoods.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the statutory authority in charge of the waterways in India. Union minister Nitin Gadkari is getting all praises for his tireless work in improving the conditions and completing the decade old stalled projects in just 15 months time. This decision will also add an feather to his cap as an able administrator and manager.
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