Inland Waterways Map

Important Inland Waterways Map

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India has a wide network of inland waterways which consist of rivers, backwaters, canals and creeks. The overall navigable length is 14500 km. Out of this around 5200 km of river and 4000 km of canals can be used by mechanized vessels.
There are total five national waterways in India, these waterways provide means of public and freight transportation. Cargo transportation is only limited to a few waterways in Goa, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala in an organized manner.

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the legal authority in-charge of the waterways in India and was created by the Govt. of India on 27 October 1986 .Its headquarters is located in Noida, Uttar Pradesh and regional offices are at Patna, Kolkata, Guwahati and Kochi and sub-offices at Allahabad, Varanasi, Bhagalpur, Farrakka and Kollam. The function of IWAI is to build necessary infrastructure in the waterways, survey the economic possibilities of new projects, administrate, develop and regulate the waterways for navigation and shipping.

National Waterway 1



The National Waterway 1 lies on the Allahabad-Haldia stretch of the Ganges, Bhagirath and Hooghly river system. It was established in October 1986 and has a length of 1620 km.

National Waterway 2



The National Waterway 2 lies on the Sadiya-Dhubri stretch of the Brahmaputra River. It was established in September 1982 and has a total length of 891 km.

National Waterway 3



The National Waterway 3 lies on the Kottapuram-Kollam stretch of the West Coast Canal, Champakara Canal and Udyogmandal Canal. It was established in February 1993 and a length of 205 km.

National Waterway 4



The National Waterway 4 lies on the Kakinada-Pondicherry stretch of Canals and the Kaluvelly Tank, Bhadrachalam-Rajahmundry stretch of River Godavari and Wazirabad-Vijayawada stretch of River Krishna. It was established in November 2008 and has a length of 1095 km,

National Waterway 5



The National Waterway 5 lies on the Talcher-Dhamra stretch of the Brahmani River, the Geonkhali-Charbatia stretch of the East Coast Canal, the Charbatia-Dhamra stretch of Matai River and the Mangalgadi-Paradip stretch of the Mahanadi River Delta. It was established in November 2008 and has a length of 623 km.

National Waterway 6 (Proposed)



The National Waterway 6 will be from Lakhipur to Bhanga on the River Barak with a total length of 121 km.

Last Updated on 09/14/2012