IRS and Uttar Pradesh Transport Department Sign MoU to Launch UP Inland Waterways Authority

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and the Uttar Pradesh Transport Department have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the UP Inland Waterways Authority. This collaboration aims to develop and regulate inland waterways in Uttar Pradesh, enhancing transportation efficiency and fostering economic growth.

The IRS will assist the Uttar Pradesh government in formulating the UP Inland Waterways Authority and developing relevant rules based on the IWAI Act 2021 and IWAI Rules 2022. Additionally, the IRS will provide technical support to the newly formed authority, ensuring the implementation of best practices for safety and green initiatives in compliance with the latest national and international standards. IRS will also help identify various upscaling opportunities for department officials and other stakeholders, contributing to skill enhancement and capacity building.

This partnership marks a significant step towards sustainable development and the efficient utilization of Uttar Pradesh’s inland waterways, aligning with the broader vision of environmental conservation and economic growth. By leveraging the state’s extensive river network, the authority aims to facilitate the seamless movement of goods and passengers, enhance connectivity, and stimulate regional development.

Chandra Bhushan Singh, IAS, Transport Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh, expressed his gratitude towards the IRS for their ongoing support. He emphasized that the formation of the authority would boost the local economy by providing low-cost and green transportation options for cargo and passengers through navigable channels. He also highlighted the potential for pilgrimage tourism under the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Additionally, the authority aims to contribute to river conservation, pollution prevention, and the overall improvement in the quality of life for residents.

Amit Bhatnagar, Senior Principal Surveyor, and Devrup Kabi, Senior Principal Surveyor of IRS, assured the Transport Commissioner and the Transport Department of their full support and expertise in this initiative. They reiterated the IRS’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art technical assistance and services to ensure the success of the UP Inland Waterways Authority.

Notable officials attending the MoU signing ceremony included Sanjay Nath Jha (RTO HQ), PS Satyarthi (Additional Transport Commissioner, Enforcement & Road Safety), AK Singh (Additional Transport Commissioner, Revenue & IT), and from the IRS side, Naveen Kumar (Senior Surveyor).

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