The Food Corporation of India has made history. It completed a maiden voyage of food-grains from Patna to Pandu via Bangladesh in Guwahati.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) welcomed the self-propelled vessel MV Lal Bahadur Shastri carrying a total of 200 MT of foodgrains for Food Corporation of India (FCI) as it completed the maiden pilot run from Patna to Pandu via Bangladesh.
IWAI is planning to run a fixed schedule sailing between Ganga (NW1) and Brahmaputra (NW2) heralding a new age of inland water transport for Assam & Northeast India.
The vessel started its sail from Patna on National Waterway-1 (river Ganga) and passed through Bhagalpur, Manihari, Sahibganj, Farakka, Tribeni, Kolkata, Haldia, Hemnagar; Indo Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route through Khulna, Narayanganj, Sirajganj, Chilmari, and National Waterway-2 through Dhubri, and Jogighopa covering a distance of 2,350 km.
Another vessel MV Ram Prasad Bismil with two barges Kalpana Chawla and APJ Abdul Kalam started the voyage from Haldia on 17th Feb 22 and is on the way to Pandu.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the statutory body in charge of the waterways in India. Its headquarters is located in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The Authority primarily undertakes projects for the development and maintenance of IWT infrastructure on national waterways through grants received from the Ministry of Shipping.
IWAI has been constituted under the provisions of the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985. Under Section 3 of the Act, IWAI has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing for regulation and development of inland waterways for shipping and navigation carrying passengers or goods.
The functions and powers have been vested on the authority under Section 4 of the Act. These include survey, development, and improvement as well as regulation and maintenance of inland waterways for shipping and navigation; construction, operation, and maintenance of such works as may be necessary to provide low-cost transport facilities to passengers or goods by inland water transport services; dredging operations; making available land at terminals; provisioning aids to navigation including lighthouses, etc.
About Food Grain Shipment
When you are shipping food grains, you have two major options: Inland transportation or ocean freight. Both modes of transportation have advantages and disadvantages and it is up to the shipper to decide which model is most appropriate for their cargo. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option that should be taken into consideration when making a decision on how to ship your food grains.
- Low Cost
- Lower Risk of Damage/Spoilage
- More Flexible Route Options
- Longer Travel Times
- Higher Risk of Theft
Inland Transportation (Truck/Rail)
- Faster Delivery Times
- Less Risk of Theft
- More Control Over Cargo’s Condition
- Higher Cost
- Higher Risk of Damage/Spoilage
- Less Flexible Route Options