Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, will flag off the first movement of cement cargo through the National Waterway 2 on Brahmaputra in Assam on December 29, 2017. The movement is being organized under the Ministry's flagship programme Sagarmala. The Minister would also lay the foundation stone for bank protection work in Majuli Island in the presence of Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Once the first cargo movement has been initiated, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will be carrying out regular cargos through the inland waterways under the Sagarmala programme. Tomorrow, two barges, each having 200 metric ton capacity, will carry 400 tonnes of cement from the IWAI's Pandu Port to Dhubri. It will save a total of 150,000 tonne kilometres of road transportation in each trip. A total of Rs. 318 will be charged by the IWAI for every tonne transported from Pandu to Dhubri/Hastinimari.