Brahmaputra gets connected with Ganga via Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route
Recently by India Bangladesh Protocol Route (IBPR), National Waterway-1 (Ganga River) and National Waterway-2 (Brahmaputra River) have been connected.
- Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways successfully transported the first consignment of food grains from Patna to Pandu (Guwahati) via Bangladesh via waterway.
- For this the India Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route was used. For this, inland waterways “National Waterway-1 (Ganga River) and National Waterway-2 (Brahmaputra River) were jointly included in IBP.
About India-Bangladesh Protocol Route:
- The India-Bangladesh Protocol for Inland Water Transit and Trade was signed in the year 1972. Under this, inland vessels of one country can move through the scheduled routes of another country.
- It was last updated in the year 2015. Under this provision was made for automatic renewal after five years.
It is an autonomous organization constituted under the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985. It is primarily responsible for the development, maintenance and regulation of national waterways declared under the National Waterways Act, 2016.
Source – The Hindu