Technical study this month by IWAI
By Our Correspondent, 06/11/2018, Guwahati

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is planning to reach "landlocked" state of Tripura via waterways to boost trade in the north-eastern part of India."We are trying to make Gomti and Haora rivers navigable in landlocked state of Tripura," a senior shipping ministry official said.He added that as Tripura is the southernmost state in North East India, opening up routes via waterways could help boost trade in the region which could be enhanced to reach east Asia."If we are able to provide protocol route to

Tripura, the southern state in north-eastern India, it can open up trade routes to eastern Asia," said the official.The rivers will be made operational in India and Bangladesh up to 100 kilometers."While India needs to make a section of 20 km navigable, Bangladesh has 75-80 km at hand," he said.Another official said that a team will be sent to the state for "technical study" in, as early as, November.

According to sources, route 1&2 of the protocol route in Bangladesh could be joint with the river section in Tripura to make the entire route accessible."We will try to fund the dredging work there so that we can reach the protocol route via Dhubri in Assam and Silchar in Bengal," a shipping ministry official said.