By Ravi Kant
The Author is Dy. Director (Cargo) Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). email@example.com
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) was established in 1986 for development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation. The Authority primarily undertakes projects for development and maintenance of Inland Water Transport (IWT) infrastructure on national waterways with the support of the Ministry of Shipping.
Great civilisations in the world have thrived on the banks of rivers as water is essential for human survival. In addition, rivers also met the requirement of transportation when other modes of communication were not developed. It was very early in history that people learnt that the rivers are nature’s path which provided the most energy efficient mode of transportation and academicians have chronicled the abundance of vessels plying the Indus at the time of the Harappan Civilisation. Unfortunately, with...