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IWAI launches LADIS portal

Date: 16 February 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) launched LADIS (Least Available Depth Information System) portal to provide real-time information on available depth on stretches of National Waterways (NWs). Information provided through this portal will help better planning for movement of vessels and ensure optimum use of NWs.

LADIS Portal

  • It is hosted on IWAI’s website (www.iwai.nic.in) and has been developed in-house.
  • It will provide details of least available depths (LAD) obtained from respective surveyors and regional incharge deputed with IWAI survey vessels which constantly move on NWs.
  • Initially, it will provide information only for NW-1, NW-2, Indo-Bagladesh Protocol route and NW-3, along with date of survey. Later it will be expanded to other NWs also.
  • It will facilitate day to day operations of inland vessels plying on NWs and to avoid any hindrance in service and operation.

Benefits of LADIS Portal

  • It will ensure that real-time data on LAD is disseminated for ship/barge and cargo owners so that they can undertake transportation on NWs in more planned way.
  • It will help transporters by guiding them on suitability of time of movement as it will provide assured depth of waterway required for seamless movement of vessels.
  • It will enable vessel operators and cargo owners to prepare their sailing plans strictly as per applicable waterways related information (hydrographic survey reports, river Notices etc.).
  • It will enhance credibility and efficiency of information sharing to achieve seamless operations on NWs, besides pre-empting problems that may occur during movement of vessels.

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

  • It is nodal body in charge of development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation. It functions under Union Ministry of Shipping.
  • It is statutory body established under Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985. It was established in October 1986. It is headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Functions: Build necessary infrastructure in inland waterways, survey economic feasibility of new projects and carry out administration and regulations of these waterways.
  • Undertake projects for development and maintenance of inland waterways transportation infrastructure on national waterways.