At present, development of IWT mode is in
a nascent stage and plays a very insignificant role in the overall transportation scenario
of the country. However, the demand for IWT is expected to grow on a faster rate than ever
before. The policy makers have recognised that there is a compelling need for revival of
IWT system as a supplementary mode of transport in the integrated transportation system of
the country. The significance of such development during the 9th Plan Five Year
Plan has been emphasised.
CIWTC has the expertise and experience to
undertake IWT operations on a large scale. It is in a position to offer leadership
in IWT development in the country. With adequate support from the Govt. of India, CIWTC
can emerge as the principal IWT operator not only in Eastern / North-Eastern region but
also other regions of the Country and can usher in an accelerated fast paced phase of
development in this sector.
Inland Water Transport on
the rivers & some coastal routes was developed by the Britishers about 180
The Joint Steamer Companies i.e. India General Steam Navigation Co. and
Rivers Steam Navigation Co. were made a P.S.U. in 1967 as CIWTC.
The main activities are
transportation of cargo in the rivers in the Eastern India & North-Eastern
India and on the Indo-Bangladesh protocol routes. Operate & Maintain