The minister, who also holds the charge of Road Transport and Highways, added that he is hopeful of Parliament's nod on the bill to convert 111 rivers across India into National Waterways in the current Winter Session.

"Inland waterways will help in saving logistics costs and boost movement of goods and passengers across the country. Besides, they will also save around Rs 10,000 crore per year while transporting coal, a crucial resource," Gadkari stated at the annual session of industry chamber PHDCCI here.

The waterways is a cheaper and environment friendly medium for transporting of goods, he said adding one HP moves 150 kg on road, 500 kg on rail and 4,000 kg on water besides one litre of fuel moves 24 tonne/km on road, 85 tonne/km on rail and 105 tonne/km on water.

"I am hopeful that Parliament will approve the bill to convert 111 rivers across India into National Waterways," he added.

The Minister pointed out that port sector in India has turned around under the present government and those managing ports have been directed to improve the performance.

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