JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir government has said four major rivers, Jhelum, Chenab, Indus and Ravi in Jammu and Kashmir have been declared “national waterways” by the union government, set to ease inland navigation on them to boost water transport and tourism.
Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary said that “The Union government has declared four rivers namely Chenab, Indus, Jhelum, and Ravi as national waterways, which would be developed in a phased manner.”
The state government was examing the feasibility-cum-detailed project report of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), he said.
Sham Lal said, “The development of these national waterways will boost the Inland Water Transport, besides, exploit the tourism potential on the national waterways of the state and improve the socio-economic profile of people of these areas.”
While speaking on a discussion on the demand for funds of PHE, I&FC departments in the Legislative Assembly, he said under the Rs. 399.29 crore Comprehensive Flood Management Plan for river Jehlum, Phase-I, an amount of Rs. 177.20 crore has been spent against the available Rs. 196.12 crore.
He further said a row with the Punjab government regarding the construction of Shahpur Kandi Barrage has been resolved and a fresh agreement has been signed by both the governments.