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Inland waterways policy: Dredging through the silt – See more at:

Posted on August 20, 2015

By Anil Sasi, The Indian Express

he success of inland ports such as Duisburg and Nanjing, which have been competing well with sea ports, offer clear evidence of the merits of leveraging inland waterways — a far more efficient mode of transportation than either road or rail, considering that just a single mid-sized barge has the dry-cargo capacity equivalent to 50 trucks or over 10 railcars. As a consequence, transportation of cargo over inland waterways offers the advantage of both lowering carbon dioxide emissions and curbing the rate of road accidents, where India has the dubious of distinction of being among the worst in the world. Despite these tangible advantages, developing the sector in India is something that has clearly eluded policymakers, who have continued their focus on the railways and roads sectors over the years.


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