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National Waterways Bill, 2015

National Waterways Bill, 2015: Lok Sabha passed "National Waterways Bill, 2015" which provides for declaring certain inland waterways as national waterways on 21st December 2015. Under it, 106 additional inland waterways will be added to the list of national waterways, taking the number to 111. The legislation was moved for consideration and passing by Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, who said it will "help, trade, industry, farmers, fishermen".  Replying to a debate on The National Waterways Bill, 2015, he sought the support of states in this endeavour. The House later passed the bill by voice vote after approval of the official amendments, mostly of technical nature, and rejecting an amendment proposed by N K Premachandran (RSP).
Gadkari said his ministry is working to develop three more major ports, besides the existing 12 as the aim is to reduce the logistic cost with a view to promote exports, generate employment, boost tourism and growth. Citing the success stories of Europe as well as China in the use of waterways, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said India is lagging behind and outlined how the government is now developing national waterways to cut logistics cost, make Indian industry competitive and help developing smart townships along the rivers.