Guwahati, 09th January, 2022: The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal is hopeful that the cargo ships will start sailing over Brahmaputra towards the later part of 2022. The dredging work at critical junctures of the river has already been initiated by the ministry. The Bangladesh government, with support from Government of India, is also working on the Jamuna river to make the 2000 kms long waterway from Sadiya to Haldia via Bangladesh a smooth passage.
Sharing the vision of Prime Minister’s vision of Gati Shakti, the minister said that the northeastern region will play a critical role in resuscitate the economic prosperity of India. In order to provide a springboard for the region to act as a catalyst in India’s economic rebound, there have been efforts to build waterways of the region & connect it to major ports in the Bay of Bengal. This will not only unlock the economic potential of the region but allow the landlocked region a direct access to the international trading routes. The minister said that the government is working tirelessly to connect Mizoram, Tripura and Assam to strategic ports in Myanmar (Sittwe port) and Bangladesh (Mongola & Chittongong ports).
In order to integrate expertise from northeast to make the dredging into a sustainable & economically viable proposition, the minister also indicated that the support from experts in Tezpur University, IIT Guwahati and IIM Shillong will be crucial. The potential of the Brahmaputra as well as other rivers of Northeast is huge and people will get direct benefit from the development of river tourism, cargo transportation and an alternative economic transportation. The government’s Jal Marg Vikas project is working to ensure an optimal and holistic development of the region by rejuvenating the rivers as a viable and sustainable economic proposition.