Amazon to now use river Ganga to transport cargo packages; Know the details

Ecommerce giant Amazon has partnered with the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to initiate cargo shipments via inland waterways on the river Ganga.

Amazon will be utilizing a network of 14,500 km of navigable waterways, including rivers, canals, backwaters, and creeks, to streamline its logistics and transportation. The pilot route for this project will be between Patna and Kolkata.

Why did Amazon choose inland waterways?

The decision to use inland waterways is rooted in sustainability and economic efficiency. According to Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, this mode of transport is significantly more environmentally friendly and cost-effective than road and rail.

According to Amazon, The move will enhance the efficiency of its e-commerce operations in India. Amazon India's Vice President of Operations, Abhinav Singh, notes that this collaboration will open new possibilities for the e-commerce sector in leveraging the country's extensive inland waterways.

Notably, the development is also expected to benefit artisans, entrepreneurs, and traders in India’s hinterland by providing them access to a wider market.