Cargo ship to Assam via Bangladesh completes pi lot voyage

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Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) ship MV Lal Bahadur Shastri on Sunday completed its pilot voyage from Patna in Bihar to Pando port here, carrying grain via Bangladesh.

 

At the end of the voyage, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbanand Sonowal, along with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Guwahati Lok Sabha MP Malika Ojha and IWAI Chairman Sanjay Bandopadhyayamong others. Welcomed

 

A self-propelled ship, the MV Lal Bahadur Shastri, carried 200 MT of grain to the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

 

An official release states that IWAI is planning to launch a scheduled flight between National Waterway-1 and National Waterway-2, a new inland water transport for Assam and the Northeast indicates distance.

 

The ship started its journey from Patna on NW-1 (Ganges) on February 5 and covered a distance of 2,350 km.

 

Another ship, MV Ram Prasad Bismal, with two barges – Kalpana Chawla and APJ Abdul Kalam – set sail from Haldia on February 17, en route to Pandu.

 

The ship has already landed at Dhubri (Assam) on the Bangladesh border.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that today marks the beginning of a new era of inland water transport in Assam. It will provide a viable, economical and environmental alternative to the business community.

 

He said that uninterrupted cargo transportation is a journey of unfulfilled aspirations and aspirations of the people of Assam.

 

Sarma said the launch of shipping cargo through the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route (IBRP) marked the beginning of a new era of economic prosperity for the entire Northeast region.

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