The shipping ministry has acknowledged 37 of the recently notified 106 inland waterways to develop them for transport of cargo and passengers in the next two to three years. These include rivers in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Assam and West Bengal. “Eight of these waterways have high potential and are financially viable for development. We have already initiated works for developing these waterways. The rest will be taken up in the next two phases,” said, Amitabh Verma, Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).