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Impacts of Ganga Waterways Plan on its ecology and the people | SANDRP

It has been two years since the Union Minister for Shipping and Transport, Mr. Nitin Gadkari,   announced   the Government’s ambitious plan to revive the National Waterways-1 (Ganga Waterway) between Haldia and Allahabad, justifying it on the grounds that India’s waterway potential remains highly underutilized, although six times   cheaper   than road transport. In a letter dated   18 th   June, 2014   forwarded by Mr. Gadkari to the Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley, a proposal for financial assistance to four navigational barrages was also made. The announcement drew a wave of concern from the fishing community, environmentalists and everyone concerned with the state and fate of the river. At the forefront were fishermen and activists from Bihar who said that the catch of   Hilsa   and several other migratory fish species has disappeared after the construction of the Farakka barrage, located downstream in the neighboring state of West Bengal. The plan for more barrages on