- It can help decongest roads by taking some traffic load off, which will allow vehicles to ply faster
- This will result in significant fuel savings – and not just on the road: fuel consumption on inland water transport is a third of road transport. Also, inland waterways are less prone to traffic jams that increase fuel consumption.
- carbon emission and pollution levels will reduce proportionately with vehicular traffic moving off the road and on to water. Hopefully, the number of accidents will come down too.
- It can create new employment opportunities, both direct and indirect, along the waterfront. Needless to mention, tourism will get a solid boost.
- there would be an increase in vigilance along the waterfront and operational waterways will help provide disaster back-up for bridge-connected parts.
- It can help revive the water bodies, particularly the rivers, which are dying or in a serious state of neglect. Currently, the major activities involving waterways are still centred around fishing and short-distance movement of passenger boats at limited locations.
31 January 2017
Posted by Kiran Sawant