Besides, the government will seek the Parliamentary nod on a bill for converting 101 rivers into waterways, and Rs 50,000 crore will be spent on developing these in the next 2-3 years, he said.

"The Prime Minister has asked us to include the proposal to develop 300 light houses and 1,100 islands in a Cabinet note we sent him in connection with developing waterways," Gadkari said while addressing a national conference on Inland Waterways organised by FICCI here.

He said the move, in turn, will lead to augmentation of water infrastructure in the country, which is set for an overhaul in coming years.

A pact between India and Bangladesh is also likely on transportation of goods through waterways between both nations during the PM's visit to the country, he said.

On waterways, he said, "We intend to invest Rs 50,000 crore in the next 2-3 years in developing 101 waterways for which we will get Parliament nod in the upcoming Session.

Shipbuilding yards and repair hubs in Assam, Andaman & Nicobar and Kandla in Gujarat are also on the anvil.

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