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Index Map of Proposed National Waterways 6

Declaration of Barak river from Bhanga to Lakhipur(121 km) in the State of Assam as National Waterway is under consideration of Govt.

River Barak originates from Patkari range of Manipur at an elevation of 2440 mts. The river flows through Manipur, Manipur-­Mizoram and Manipur-Assam border and then along Assam and then finally enters into Bangladesh. Out of the total length of 900 kms of the river, 564 kms is in the Indian territory. The IWTInland Water Transport route through Bangladesh is open for navigation under the Indo­-Bangladesh Protocol which facilitates movement of IWT vessels up to Karimganj and Silchar.Hydrographic surveys carried out in the river route have shown feasibility of extension of this river route up to Lakhipur. Since this IWT route serves a vital transportation linkage to the North Eastern states, it is proposed to develop the river and also to improve the navigational facilities in the Protocol route leading to Karimganj during the 9th Five Year Plan.

Salient Feature of National Waterways-6

NameProposed National Waterway-6 (River Barak) between Lakhipur and Bhanga.
Date of declarationNational Waterways 6 is is under active consideration of the Government for declaration as National Waterways
StatusBill is awaiting of Praliament.
Length121 km
North EndLakhipur
South EndBhanga
OwnerInland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)
OperatorCentral Inland Water Transport Corporation (CIWTC)
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