The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) came into existence on 27th October 1986 for development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation. The Authority primarily undertakes projects for development and maintenance of IWT infrastructure on national waterways through grant received from Ministry of Shipping. The head office of the Authority is at Noida. The Authority also has its regional offices at Patna, Kolkata, Guwahati, Kochi, Bhubaneshwar and sub-offices at Allahabad, Varanasi, Farakka, Sahibganj, Haldia, Swroopganj, Hemnagar, Dibrugarh, Dhubri, Silchar, Kollam and Vijayawada.
On 11 Nov 2022, IWAI achieved yet another milestone with the inauguration of Trade Facilitation Center for Inland Waterways and Coastal Transportation by H’ble Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. This Centre will function under the aegis of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). The new facility has been created on the single-window concept wherein all data to facilitate Cargo Trade will be made available on this portal.
Inland Waterways Authority of India, an autonomous body under MoPSW had been constituted vide IWAI Act, 1985 for the regulation and development of Inland Waterways for the purpose of Shipping and Navigation and for mattersconnected therewith or incidental thereto.
In order to make it easy and convenient for all the stakeholders to study and use the inland waterways for commercial purposes, IWAI has created a portal for Trade Facilitation for ease of doing business