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Indian Register of Shipping and UP Govt sign MoU towards formation of UP Inland Waterways Authority

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NEW DELHI : Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and The Uttar Pradesh Transport Department has signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the UP Inland Waterways Authority. This collaboration aims to develop and regulate inland waterways in Uttar Pradesh, enhancing transportation efficiency and fostering economic growth.

IRS will assist the Uttar Pradesh government in formulating the UP Inland Waterways Authority and developing relevant rules based on the IWAI Act 2021 and IWAI Rules 2022. IRS will also provide technical support to the newly formed authority, ensuring the implementation of best practices for safety and green initiatives in compliance with the latest national and international requirements. IRS will further help identify various upscaling opportunities for department officials and other stakeholders, contributing to skill enhancement and capacity building.

This partnership marks a significant step towards sustainable development and efficient utilization of Uttar Pradesh’s inland waterways, aligning with the broader vision of environmental conservation and economic growth. By leveraging the state’s extensive river network, the authority aims to facilitate seamless movement of goods and passengers, enhance connectivity, and stimulate regional development.

Shri Chandra Bhushan Singh, IAS, Transport Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh, expressed his gratitude towards IRS for their ongoing support. He emphasized that the formation of the authority will boost the local economy by providing low-cost and green transportation options for cargo and passengers through navigable channels. He also highlighted the potential for pilgrimage tourism under the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath. Additionally, the authority aims to contribute to river conservation, pollution prevention, and overall improvement in the quality of life for residents.

Shri. Amit Bhatnagar, Senior Principal Surveyor, and Shri. Devrup Kabi, Senior Principal Surveyor, IRS, assured the Transport Commissioner and the Transport Department of their full support and expertise in this initiative. They reiterated IRS’ commitment to providing state-of-the-art technical assistance and services to ensure the success of the UP Inland Waterways Authority.

The MoU signing ceremony was attended by notable officials including Shri Sanjay Nath Jha (RTO HQ), Shri PS Satyarthi (Additional Transport Commissioner Enforcement & Road Safety), Shri AK Singh (Additional Transport Commissioner Revenue & IT), and from the IRS side, Shri Naveen Kumar (Senior Surveyor).

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