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24. NECS 2016 Connectivity through inland waterways_ Mr.Mahboob Ahmed

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Presentation made at 3rd Northeast Connectivity Summit,2016 on Connectivity through inland waterways by Mr.Mahboob Ahmed,Managing Director,Shipwright resources ltd,Dhaka

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24. NECS 2016 Connectivity through inland waterways_ Mr.Mahboob Ahmed

  1. 1. CONNECTIVITY THROUGH INLAND WATERS Emerging Developments Mahboob Ahmed FCILT Bangladesh
  2. 2. CONNECTIVITY WITH MAINLAND INDIA- BANGLADESH-NE INDIA & BEYOND TO SOUTHEAST ASIA  India-Thailand Myanmar (ITM) Trilateral Highway project underway, so is Asian Highway. Bangladesh positioned itself to be linked with ASHWY  Mainland India is well connected with NE by road, railway links are being extended / planned to cover greater part of NE.  Inter state road connectivity is being developed & improved  Newer Airports are being conceived in the region for quicker access by governments & businesses
  3. 3. WHY INLAND WATERWAYS CONNECTIVITY IS BEING PURSUED ?  Development of large infra-structure projects hinges on smooth transportation of ODC’s  Industrial machineries & equipment also require economic & safe transportation  Movement of basic raw materials, construction materials require commercially viable logistics & transport solutions  Movement of food grains in bulk
  4. 4. OPTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL, HOUSEHOLD & CONSUMER GOODS & OTHER TIME BOUND PERISHABLE CARGO MOVEMENT IN THE PROTOCOL ROUTE  Currently inland waterways is not a viable option for movement of such cargo either way.  Why ?
  5. 5.  Ashugonj Port is not ready yet to handle large scale movement of commercial goods.  It takes about 15 days for transshipment cargo to reach Agartala from Kolkata through Protocol route or vice versa  Limited navigability in the Kushiara river connecting Barak, in the lean season making Zakigonj –Karimgonj entry-exist redundant
  6. 6. 6 INDO – BANGLADESH PROTOCOL ROUTES B A N G L A D E S H A S S A M M E G H A L A Y A MANIPUR MIZORAM TRIPURA HALDIA KOLKATA DHUBRI PANDU TEJPUR SILGHAT JOGIGHOPA SHISHUMARA DHULIAN KARIMGANJ RAJSHAHI NARAYANGANJ DHAKA LAKHIPUR Bay of Bengal I N D I A 31 31C DISPUR 40 51 SHILLONG 54 AIZWALAGARTALA 36 37 37 44 53 BAGHABARI CHILMARI BAHADURABAD SIRAJGANJ ZAKIGANJ FENCHUGANJ SHERPUR MARKULI AJMIRIGANJ BHAIRAB BAZAR CHANDPUR BARISAL KAUKHALI MONGLA KHULNA CHALNA NAMKHANA GODAGARI ARICHA ASHUGANJ Myanmar (Burma) IMPHAL KOHIMA NAGALAND 53 34 35 2 6 41 31 Legend Kolkata - Guwahati/Pandu ...... 1535 km Kolkata - Karimganj...................1318 km Dhulian-Rajshahi...........................78 km Protocol route distances N BHANGA AKHAURA DAIKHAWA Legend Declared National waterway Proposed National waterway Protocol route Road Rail NH 51 ANGTIHARA SYLHET P P P P P P P P P AGARTALA 6 Back
  7. 7. OPTIONS FOR FUNDAMENTAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE INLAND WATERWAYS CONNECTIVITY THROUGH PIWTT ROUTE
  8. 8. EMERGING ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL MOVEMENT OF CARGO BETWEEN NE & THE REST OF INDIA  Option provided by Coastal shipping  Option provided by BBIN  Together they now provide an opportunity of multimodal transport of transit cargo which is commercially viable
  9. 9. AGARTALA AS THE GATEWAY TO THE NORTH EAST AND BEYOND FOR MOVEMENT OF CONTAINERIZED CARGO  Agartala can be connected with Pangaon ICT by container trailer under BBIN instead of Ashugonj for onward shipment to Kolkata/ eastern seaports of India under the new Coastal shipping SOP
  10. 10. CONNECT AGARTALA/ NE THROUGH ANOTHER INLAND CONTAINER TERMINAL EAST OF DHAKA IN NARAYANGONJ
  11. 11. NEWS OF INTEREST
  12. 12. THANK YOU

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