From Chairman's Desk
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) was established in the year 1986. Since then, it has been continuously trying to establish itself as progressive and modern organisation. With renewed focus on waterways as supplementary mode of eco-friendly modal transport, IWAI has extended its activities since 2014.
Government has focused emphasis on development of Inland Waterways as part of an integrated transport network system to realize the untapped potential of waterways. IWAI as a nodal agency under the Ministry of Shipping is mandated to develop & regulate National Waterways in India. Traffic on Inland Waterways has witnessed exponential growth in CAGR of 19% and reached to 73.6 million tons in the year 2019-20 with an expenditure of 818 crores. IWAI aims at increasing the modal share of freight movement through IWT from 2% to 3% & traffic volume to ~120 million tons by FY 2030.
In order to achieve the set targets, IWAI has undertaken e-initiatives to leverage technology and launched several user friendly applications like LADIS, FOCAL, RIS, Car-D, PANI & MIRS and other regulatory changes to support “Ease of doing business.” All the officers and staff of all wings and Regional offices have taken keen interest in this initiative. This would provide “ease of doing business” too to all stakeholders. I wish the endeavour a great success.
(Dr. Amita Prasad)Chairperson, IWAI