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Godavari to be declared national waterway

The Centre has agreed to include the stretch of the river Godavari from Nashik in Maharashtra to Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh in the revised National Waterways Bill, 2015, Minister for Roads and Buildings Tummala Nageswara Rao said on Saturday.
A letter to this effect from Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari was received by the State Government recently in response to the request of the Telangana Government to include the stretch of the Godavari from Kaleshwaram to Bhadrachalam as part of the National Waterway-4 from Bhadrachalam to Rajahmundry, already declared in May this year. Bill tabled The Union Minister stated in the letter that the ministry had tabled the National Waterways Bill in May for declaring an additional 101 inland waterways as national waterways. The bill was examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture and had recommended that a revised bill be tabled during the next session of Parliament by including the stretch of Godavari from Nashik to Rajahmundry as National Waterway, he said. Mr. Nageswara Rao said construction of a bridge across the Godavari at Eturu Nagaram in Warangal district on National Highway 163 was already completed and it was likely to be inaugurated by Mr. Gadkari and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on October 23. They would also lay the foundation stone for four-laning the national highway from Yadagirigutta to Warangal.

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