Arunachal to figure in inland waterways map soon

PASIGHAT, Nov 10: A team of officials from Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is conducting hydrological study to assess the feasibility in four rivers of Arunachal Pradesh.
This was disclosed by IWAI chairman Nutan Guha Biswas during an interaction with media at Siang Guest House in Pasighat on Friday.
Biswas said that Arunachal chief minister has written a letter to the Union Inland Water Transport minister Nitin Gadkari last year requesting him to include the state in the national inland waterways map.
“Our expert team has been conducting an in-depth survey in the rivers of Arunachal. Lohit has already been declared as an ideal navigation spot while the authorities will declare Subansiri, Siang and Dibang after data-based analysis,” she said.
Guha Biswas also added that one of the criterions of navigability is depth of water. The team has already reached the Dibang and Upper reaches of Siang river. They found two rivers suitable for navigation.
IWAI secretary, Shashi Bhushan Shukla, said that the centre will give all necessary help for introduction of water transport in Arunachal River after a thorough survey of riverbeds.