NW 1 Current Affairs - 2020

LADIS Portal Launched

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.

IWAI signs contract with DST, Germany for designing special vessels for NW-1

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has signed a contract with German company DST to design vessels suited to navigate the 1620 km stretch of National Waterway (NW-1).

Under the contract, DST will has been initially tasked to develop low draft vessels for transportation of cars that can carry upto 150-200 vehicles.

Key Facts

  • The contract has been awarded to DST in par with the objective of providing safe, environment friendly and economical mode of transportation through the waterway.
  • The specially designed vessels will navigate on low drafts. They will be having high carrying capacity and most importantly, will be environment friendly.
  • DST will develop draft vessels keeping in view the difficult hydro-morphological characteristics of the river in the upper stretches of NW1 between Patna and Varanasi.


  • The Union Government is developing NW-1 (Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly) under the Jal Marg Vikas Project, with assistance from the World Bank.
  • This project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 tons. The Phase-I of the project covers the Haldia-Varanasi stretch.
  • The project includes development of fairway, multi-modal terminals at Haldia, Varanasi and Sahibganj, strengthening of river navigation system.
  • It also includes modern River Information System (RIS), Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), modern methods of channel marking, night navigation facilities, construction of a new state of the art navigational lock at Farakka.