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Parl passes Bill to develop 111 waterways with amendment

At least 111 rivers across the country are set to be developed to enable movement of goods and passengers, with Parliament giving nod to a Bill in this regard on Tuesday.

The National Waterways Bill, 2015 was passed by the Lok Sabha with a minor amendment after having been approved by the Rajya Sabha on March 9. 

The Lower House had passed also it on December 21 last year, but the amendment made it necessary for its passage again in the House.

The amendment made in the Rajya Sabha was moved by Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, which was approved.

The Bill provides for enacting a central legislation to declare 106 additional inland waterways as the national waterways in addition to five existing national waterways.

Allaying fears of the state governments that the new law will infringe upon their rights, Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has said in the Rajya Sabha that the passage of the much-awaited Bill will infact boost the maritime trade of the states and augment their economy.
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