Andhra Pradesh unveils ambitious Waterways projects to revolutionize cargo movement

The Andhra Pradesh Inland Waterways Authority (APIWA) announces groundbreaking initiatives aligning with Maritime India Vision 2030 (MIV 2030) to propel the state's waterway potential.

In a strategic move to harness the immense potential of inland waterways, the Andhra Pradesh Inland Waterways Authority (APIWA) has unveiled two transformative projects aimed at boosting cargo movement, with a specific focus on cement and power plants. These initiatives are in alignment with the visionary Maritime India Vision 2030 (MIV 2030), marking a significant step toward leveraging the state’s waterway infrastructure for economic growth.

APIWA Chairman D Dilip Kumar made the groundbreaking announcement during a press briefing held on Wednesday at a stakeholders’ meeting jointly organized by APIWA and the Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (FAPCCI). Kumar emphasized the strategic importance of these projects, highlighting their alignment with the broader vision for the maritime sector in India.

The proposed projects entail the establishment of connectivity routes for transporting cargo from clusters of cement factories in Muktyala and Jaggaiahpet to the Kakinada and Machilipatnam ports through the Krishna River (NW-4) and Bandar Canal. Additionally, plans are underway to create connectivity for cement factories and power plants in the Kadapa region, unlocking an Inland Water Transport (IWT) potential of nearly 14 million tonnes per annum. This includes the transportation of coal, cement, gypsum, and bauxite, connecting with Krishnapatnam port via the Penna River (NW-79).

Among the visionary projects outlined by Kumar are roll-on-roll-off services at key locations such as Muktyala and Ibrahimpatnam on the Krishna River, and Seethanagaram on the Godavari River (NW-4). Furthermore, the APIWA envisions water-bound tourism circuits on rivers and isolated water bodies along the extensive 978-kilometre National Waterways in Andhra Pradesh.

Feasibility studies for these ambitious projects are reportedly at an advanced stage, reflecting a proactive approach towards their implementation, as reported by The Hindu. Kumar’s strategic vision extends beyond cargo movement, encompassing plans to enhance water-bound tourism and stimulate economic growth.

Highlighting the economic advantages of waterway transport, APIWA CEO S V K Reddy emphasized that Andhra Pradesh’s extensive network of waterways provides a cost-effective and alternative mode of transportation. The state, with 57 small, medium, and large rivers, coupled with a vast coastline of 975 kilometers, is strategically positioned to capitalize on its water resources for economic prosperity.

Andhra Pradesh’s National Waterway system, including the Godavari River-Krishna Canal system (NW-4), Penna River (NW-79), and Tungabhadra River (NW-104), covers diverse regions and water bodies. The APIWA’s visionary initiatives aim to unlock the full potential of these waterways, not only for efficient cargo movement but also to promote water-bound tourism, thereby enhancing the state’s overall economic landscape.

As the feasibility studies for these transformative projects progress, Andhra Pradesh stands on the cusp of a new era in waterway development, poised to redefine its economic trajectory and establish itself as a key player in India’s maritime sector.

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