The Indian state government is in the process of drafting its inland navigation regulations in line with the Inland Navigation Act 2021 and the Inland Navigation Regulations of 2022. Inland waterway transport is widely regarded as an economical, fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly, and employment-oriented mode of transport. The National Inland Navigation Institute (NINI) in Patna, a lead institute of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, has been commissioned by the department to draft the rules.
In a stakeholder meeting held on Tuesday, the department solicited experts’ suggestions and opinions on drafting barge rules to ensure smooth and trouble-free navigation in the state. The state’s chief secretary, Usha Padhee, said inland waterway transport is recognized worldwide for its low pollution, energy efficiency, and job creation potential. The department aims to soon formulate the rules with the help of NINI and proposals received at the meeting.
Tags: Barges,Inland navigation,Inland waterways