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Waterways will usher in new era of growth in NE: Sonowal

The Minister made the statement after inaugurating an exhibition at the 'Waterways Conclave' in Assam's Dibrugarh, which started on Monday.

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New Delhi: Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday asserted that waterways will usher in a new era of growth in the North East (NE) region.

The Minister made the statement after inaugurating an exhibition at the ‘Waterways Conclave’ in Assam’s Dibrugarh, which started on Monday.

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“A waterways ecosystem that will connect India with its neighbouring nations and lead to newer job opportunities is being developed under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) vision,” Sonowal, who is also the Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, said.

Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways in a statement said, more than 40 national and global companies are participating in the exhibition.

“The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has set up a theme pavilion to highlight the potential of the waterways sector and showcase its projects. Additionally, a dedicated Netherland country pavilion – comprising several Dutch companies to showcase new technology and innovation for the waterways sector – is set up at the exhibition. Among others, L&T, Brahmaputra Crackers and Polymer Limited (BCPL), ITD Cementation are participating in the exhibition,” the release said.

As many as six MOUs are slated to be signed during the two-day event, it said. The conclave is also taking forward the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ‘Vocal for Local’ by giving a platform to local companies to highlight Assam’s handicrafts, tea and artisans in the exhibition, it added. 

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