Inland Water Transport (IWT) plays a vital role to reduce poverty in Bangladesh. A substantial portion of the rural population has no access to road transport and directly affected by the availability of IWT services. Around 25.1% households have access to river transport. This is high for a 24,000 KM long network, which is much shorter than the road network, which is 274,000km long. About 37% of rural households live within two kilometers (typically a 20-25 minute walk) of an all-season road.
The length of the IWT network has declined to 6000 (maintained by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority – BIWTA), while the other 20,000km’s being maintained by Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) during monsoon and 3800km during dry season. Besides, creating obstruction to the drainage capacity to flow floodwater, has an adverse impact on the country’s economy. Therefore, it is highly essential to improve the waterways fo the socio-economic development of the country.
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