Indian Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari announced the project during a review meeting with the Assam chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, in Guwahati.
Gadkari said the move to increase the navigable capacity of the river would change the entire economic corridor of Assam.
“This project will ensure that the Brahmaputra National Waterway–II is directly accessible to Haldia port in West Bengal and Chittagong port in Bangladesh. This will boost trade in Southeast Asia,” Gadkari said.
He also said his government had already started a discussion regarding this project with the Bangladesh government.
Gadkari also instructed the Assam state government to identify potential places on the banks of Brahmaputra to develop ports.
The state government should subsequently submit a feasibility report to the Union Ministry, he added.