"The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) under the Ministry of Shipping proposes to guide and support the Rajasthan government for building an inland shipping port at Jalore," an official statement said today.

The port and the terminal that are to be created will help develop inland navigation facilities in western Rajasthan and will also bring about socioeconomic development of the region, it said.

"Business development opportunities along the canal for limestone, gypsum, lignite and cement factories are to be explored by the state government," the statement further added.

It added that the pre-feasibility report of the project will be done by WAPCOS and they will submit the same within 5 months, duly monitored and guided by the IWAI.

"A canal is proposed to be built between Mori creek and Jalore. This canal will be required to maintain a minimum draft of 3 metres. It is also proposed that existing cherras and rivers, like Luni may be explored for establishing connectivity from Jalore to Mori Creek," the statement said.

Efforts will be made to desalinate the water and use it for irrigation, it said adding this would help develop drought resistant crops and improve the agrarian pattern in the region. The viability of saline resistant crops like soya will also be studied for improving the agricultural diversity along the canal.

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