Assam received its first consignment of foodgrains from Patna via Bangladesh on Sunday at Pandu in Guwahati, ushering a new age for inland waterways in the state as Brahmaputra (National Waterway-2) gets connected with Ganga (NW-1) by the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route. MV Lal Bahadur Shastri carrying 200MT of foodgrains for Food Corporation of India completed the maiden pilot run from Patna.
The vessel sailed 2,350km from Patna on NW-1, passed through Bhagalpur, Manihari, Sahibganj, Farakka, Tribeni, Kolkata, Haldia, Hemnagar; the Indo Bangladesh Protocol route through Khulna, Narayanganj, Sirajganj, Chilmari; and NW-2 through Dhubri and Jogighopa.
Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, accompanied by Assam chief mninister Himanta Biswa Sarma, received the consignment.
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