Maj General Balraj Mehta, Sena Medal, General Officer Commanding the Jorhat based Sub Area of Indian Army and Shashi Bhushan Shukla, Secretary Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) jointly flagged off a scoping mission comprising a team of experts from the Indian Army, IWAI and Govt of Assam from Bogibeel Ghat of River Brahamputra on 07 Nov 17.
Aim of this survey is to identify requirement of additional infrastructure to facilitate large scale movement of commercial and military cargo through the Brahmaputra River on the Sadiya-Dhubri stretch of approximately 891 km, which was declared as National Waterway No 2 (NW-2) in the year 1988. Since then, although IWAI has developed significant infrastructure on NW-2, however it has remained under exploited for a long time.
This mission will visit the various places along Brahmaputra River and submit report focussing on transportation through NW-2 in a Multi-Modal Transport concept. It will also give recommendation on up gradation of infrastructure for movement of commercial goods, passengers, military cargo and identification of new locations for setting up permanent terminals with road and rail connectivity which can be used both for commercial and defence purposes. The mission will complete this preliminary survey from 07 Nov 17 to 11 Nov 17 and will submit its report by end December 2017.