- Inland Water Transport (IWT) to be introduced in Andhra Pradesh. This will accelerate Tourism, also is a cheap and fuel efficient environment friendly transportation mode.
- The government of India agreed to grant Rs.1500 crores for IWT project in AP as per the request of AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
- Tenders announcement will be in December 2014 and work to start in February 2015.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Andhra Pradesh basic infrastructure authority together proposed the development of water ways along side of southeast coast of India from Kakinada to Pondicherry using the canals of Krishna, Godavari and other rivers.
Head office for this project will be located at Vijayawada. Central government officials and state government officials on deputation will be working on this project. The proposed 1078 kms of waterways in Andhra Pradesh:
This 1078 KM Water way project was recognized by the Govt of India as National Waterways- 4. The first phase of the NW-4 to be developed between Rajamundry to Badrachalam enabling water ways throughout the year and with yards along the river Godavari.
Rejuvenation of Buckingham canal and developing National water ways in Andhra Pradesh to promote tourism and cheaper mode of transport was one of the prime election manifesto items of the Telugu Desam Party, following the lines, CM Chandrababu Naidu with his influence in Central Government moved the file in months getting the clearances for the project.