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Potential of Regional Freight Movement on National Waterway-3

Author(s):

Neba C Tony , COLLEGE OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT, FARIDABAD,NCR-DELHI; Dr. Sewa Ram, School of Planning and Architecture,New Delhi; Bhaskar Gowd Sudgani, School of Planning and Architecture,New Delhi; Y P Sachdeva, RITES,Gurgaon

Keywords:

Inland Water Transport (IWT)

Abstract

Inland Water Transport (IWT) is the cheapest, fuel efficient, and environment friendly mode of transport. The West Coast Canal (WCC) starts from Hosdurg in the north and ends in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, with a total length of 560km.It is a continuous chain of lagoons, river and backwaters and was used as the chief mode of transport in Kerala till faster modes of transport moved into picture. Important places which are commercially needed are situated on the banks of these rivers. The Kollam-Kottapuram stretch (168km) of the West Coast Canal along with Champakkara (14 km) & Udyogamandal canals (23 km), was declared as National Waterway 3 by the Central Government in 1993 and is almost made fully functional. Even though the stretch had been declared as a national waterway since 1993, barely any cargo movement is observed along the stretch. This paper aims at identifying the potential of regional freight movement on National Waterway 3. The project goals are so framed so as to identify the issues related to the non-usage of the waterway and the remedial measures that can be adopted in this regard. The EXIM cargo at Cochin port identified for cargo diversion. The savings incurred in transportation and generalised costs is derived by conducting a comparative analysis of the road and waterway costs. This comparison worked out to be economical in the case of barges. The traffic was projected for the horizon year. Proposals were made regarding the design vessels to be used. The study is further taken forward to identify the possibility of waterway route augmentation and integration with coastal shipping.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV6I120418
Published in: Volume : 6, Issue : 12
Publication Date: 01/03/2019
Page(s): 647-652

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