(i) Employment potential :
As per National Transport development policy committee every Rs 1 lac investment would generate 33.6 person year sof employment.
(ii) Environmentally friendly:
IWT consumes minimal energy compared to other modes.
(iii) Reduced freight costs:
As its is the cheapest most of transport for cargo.
Recently govt is also experimenting with innovations that would allow these barges to be powered with LNG, thus reducing freight cost plus using a cleaner fuel.
IWT could be a great revenue booster for its promising tourism potential.
(v) Linkage to North East:
International protocols provide direct linkage of Haldia and Kolkata ports with landlocked NE