March 4: Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Basant Kumar Nembang, has said the government has already forwarded the process to launch water transportation in the big rivers of the country, according to the state-run national news agency RSS.
RSS stated that the minister made such announcement during a ministerial level virtual meeting organized by India on 'Maritime India Summit 2021' on Tuesday, March 2.
He shared that study is underway to conduct water transportation in the Karnali, Narayani, Kaligandaki and Koshi Rivers and connect India via waterways. The government is actively involved in implementing the agreement, treaty and the international commitment relating to water transportation, RSS quoted the minister as saying.
"Nepal has been making efforts since a long time to conduct water transportation," Minister Nembang said, reminding that Nepal had brought the Act on Operation of Ship way back in 1971. He further said the present government has given top priority to the water transportation.
Moreover, Minister Nembang argued that transportation is the basic infrastructures to ensure development and prosperity in the country.
The three-day summit inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will conclude today (March 4).