Lok Sabha discusses National Waterways Bill

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Monday discussed a bill that provides for declaring certain inland waterways as national waterways.

The National Waterways Bill, 2015, was moved for consideration and passing by Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

“It will help, trade, industry, farmers, fishermen,” Gadkari said.

The union cabinet earlier this month gave its approval to carrying out official amendments in the National Waterways Bill that was introduced in the house in May this year.

The bill intends to declare 106 additional inland waterways as national waterways.

After the inclusion of 106 additional inland waterways to the existing five national waterways, the total number of national waterways will go up to 111.

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