In a bid to boost transportation for goods and passengers through waterways, the Cabinet on Wednesday gave nod to plans for enactment of a legislation for converting 101 river stretches across the country into National Waterways.

"I am confident that we will get Parliament nod (on the Bill) in the second leg of the ongoing Budget session which will usher in economic growth for the country," Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari said here.

Work was already underway to augment five existing Nws, including 1,620 kms Allahabad-Haldia stretch of Ganga-Bhagirath-Hooghly river system for which World Bank had approved Rs 4,200 crore assistance he added.

No barrages will be built on Varanasi-Haldia stretch as being "wrongly projected" and advanced technology will be roped in to ensure smooth flow of river water, he asserted.

Major projects are underway for all existing five Waterways and within six months it will "revolutionise" water transport in the country, keeping pace with global trend, as in places like Europe where all industries are on the banks of rivers, utilising the cheaper mode for transportation, he explained.

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