India’s first-ever container movement on an inland waterway starts via river Ganga

Developed at a cost of Rs 5,369 crore, India’s first inland waterway cargo container movement was flagged off from Kolkata to Varanasi on river Ganga (National Waterway-1), by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) marked the first container movement by shipping 16 containers of food and snacks (equivalent to 16 truckloads) of PepsiCo India. This shipment is being transported by the vessel MV RN Tagore and the journey will be covered in about 10 days. After depositing PepsiCo’s shipment, the vessel will return with IFFCO’s fertilisers from the Phulpur plant of Prayagraj.