Improving navigation of inland waterways in India

Developing Indian waterways as effective supplementary modes of transportation.

The Allahabad-Haldia waterway has immense cargo transport potential but its capacity is not fully utilised due to depth limitations in the upper reaches. To allow for more cargo movement, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) maintains a 45 m large channel through the waterway. However, the minimum Least Available Depth (LAD) varies in different stretches of the waterway, which does not allow uninterrupted cargo movement. We conducted a study to evaluate the techno-economic feasibility of various solutions for achieving 3.0 m LAD for smoother and more consistent navigation in the 330 km Allahabad-Ghazipur stretch. We then demonstrated a phased approach to developing and implementing these solutions in a fast and cost-effective way.