India and Bangladesh are reviving long-neglected trade routes: their rivers
Water is essential to life and good health. It’s also vital to create jobs, propel economies forward, and boost social development.
It’s encouraging to see India and Bangladesh are reviving centuries-old inland waterways that once moved goods and people throughout both countries as well as into Bhutan and Nepal . The improvements will promote trade, attract investment, and stimulate development.
More than 600 million people in Bangladesh and India live along the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers. Millions more live near navigable tributaries. Moving goods via water is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than trucks on congested highways .