Inland Waterways Current Affairs - 2019
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The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) launched a new portal LADIS – Least Available Depth to aid in ensuring of optimum use of National Waterways.
An assured depth of waterway is required for seamless movement of vessels. The Portal will provide real-time data on least available depths for ship/barge and cargo owners so that they can undertake transportation on NWs in a more planned way. The real-time information in stretches of various NWs will help transporters by guiding them on the suitability of time of movement.
The LADIS Postal is hosted at on IWAI’s website and has been built in house by the IWAI. Initially, the information would be made available for NW-1, NW-2, Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route and NW-3, and the facility will be made available to other National Waterways in coming days.
LADIS will better facilitate the day to day operations of inland vessels plying on National Waterways and avoids any hindrance in service and operation. LADIS will enhance the credibility and efficiency of information sharing to achieve seamless operations on National Waterways, besides pre-empting problems that may occur during the movement of vessels.
Union Government has appointed senior IAS officier Jalaj Srivastava as chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). IWAI comes under Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, currently headed by Nitin Gadkari.
He is 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. Prior to this appointment he was Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture. Earlier he had also served as chairman of New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Principal Secretary, Department of VAT, Delhi government. He is credited with launch of various programmes and schemes including Wi-Fi in the market areas. He is also known for launching “Shakti Cab” project and “URJA” project for women when he was with Delhi government. He is also considered as man behind the start of “Rahagiri” event that takes place every Sunday in national capital to promote culture and sports. Similarly some of his other initiatives were green waste management, outdoor gymnasium in parks and gardens and rooftop solar city projects. He is also writer of crime thriller novel titled ‘The Perfect Suicide.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)
It is nodal statutory body in charge of development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation. It was established in October 1986 and is headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh Its main function is to build necessary infrastructure in inland waterways, surveying economic feasibility of new projects and also carrying out administration and regulation. It undertakes projects for development and maintenance of IWT infrastructure on national waterways through grant received from Ministry of Shipping.