The Indian government has submitted a bill to parliament which would convert 101 rivers to inland waterways.
Minister for road transport, highways and shipping, Nitin Gadkari said: “Promoting waterways is the top-most priority of my ministry. We have identified 101 rivers across the nation to be converted into waterways, which are a much cheaper mode of transport.”
He added that river transport is cheaper than rail and much cheaper than road. He also stressed his desire to ease road congestion by taking trucks off India’s roads.