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NATIONAL WATERWAY (TALCHER-DHAMRA STRETCH OF RIVERS, GEONKHALI-CHARBATIA STRETCH OF EAST COAST CANAL, CHARBATIA-DHAMRA STRETCH OF MATAI RIVER AND MAHANADI DELTA RIVERS) ACT 2008

~ THE NATIONAL WATERWAY (TALCHER-DHAMRA STRETCH OF RIVERS, GEONKHALI-CHARBATIA STRETCH OF EAST COAST CANAL, CHARBATIA-DHAMRA STRETCH OF MATAI RIVER AND MAHANADI DELTA RIVERS) ACT, 2008 # NO. 23 OF 2008 $

[17th November, 2008.]

+ An Act to provide for the declaration of the Talcher-Dhamra stretch of Brahmani-Kharsua-Dhamra rivers, Geonkhali-Charbatia stretch of East Coast Canal, Charbatia-Dhamra stretch of Matai river and Mahanadi delta rivers between Mangalgadi and Paradip in the States of West Bengal and Orissa to be a national waterway and also to provide for the regulation and development of the said stretch of the rivers and the canals for the purposes of shipping and navigation on the said waterway and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-ninth Year of the Republic of India as follows:- @

% Short title and commencement. !

1. Short title and commencement. - (1) This Act may be called the National Waterway (Talcher-Dhamra Stretch of Rivers, Geonkhali-Charbatia Stretch of East Coast Canal, Charbatia-Dhamra Stretch of Matai River and Mahanadi Delta Rivers) Act, 2008.

(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint. @

% Declaration of certain stretches of rivers and canals as National Waterway. ! 2. Declaration of certain stretches of rivers and canals as National Waterway. - The Talcher-Dhamra stretch of Brahmani-Kharsua-Dhamra rivers, Geonkhali-Charbatia stretch of East Coast Canal, Charbatia-Dhamra stretch of Matai river and Mahanadi delta rivers between Mangalgadi and Paradip, the limits of which are specified in the Schedule, is hereby declared to be a @

% Declaration as to expediency of control by the Union of certain stretches of rivers and canals for certain purposes. ! 3. Declaration as to expediency of control by the Union of certain stretches of rivers and canals for certain purposes. -It is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that the Union should take under its control the regulation and development of Talcher-Dhamra stretch of Brahmani-Kharsua-Dhamra rivers, Geonkhali-Charbatia stretch of East Coast Canal, Charbatia-Dhamra stretch of Matai river and Mahanadi delta rivers between Mangalgadi and Paradip for the purposes of shipping and navigation on the national waterway to the extent provided in the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985. @ THE SCHEDULE % (See section 2) ! LIMITS OF THE NATIONAL WATERWAY (TALCHER-DHAMRA STRETCH OF BRAHMANI-KHARSUA-DHAMRA RIVERS, GEONKHALI-CHARBATIA STRETCH OF EAST COAST CANAL, CHARBATIA DHAMRA STRETCH OF MATAI RIVER AND MAHANADI DELTA RIVERS) East Coast Canal and Matai river (Consisting of old Hijli tidal canal, Orissa coast canal and Matai river) Northern limit Confluence point of Hooghly river and Hijli tidal canal at Geonkhali at Lat 22 12' 20" N, Lon 88 03' 07" E. Southern limit Confluence of Matai river and Dhamra river near Dhamra Fishing harbour at Lat 20 47' 42" N, Lon 86 53' 03" E. Brahmani-Kharsua-Dhamra river system (Consisting of Brahmani-Kharsua-Dhamra rivers) North-Western limit Samal barrage across river Brahmani, Talcher at Lat 21 04' 26" N, Lon 85 08' 05" E. South-Eastern limit An imaginary line drawn across Dhamra river at East Point of Kalibhanj Dian Reserved Forest near Chandnipal at Lat 20 46' 26" N, Lon 86 57' 15" E. Mahanadi delta rivers (Consisting of Hansua river, Nuna nala, Gobri nala, Kharnasi river and Mahanadi river) (Alternate route-Hansua river enters into Bay of Bengal through northern point of False point bay, then enters river Kharnasi at southern end of False point bay, river Atharabanko, a northernly distributory of river Mahanadi) Northern limit Confluence of Kharsua river with Brahmani river at Ramchandrapur at Lat 20 36' 55" N, Lon 86 45' 05" E. Southern limit An imaginary line in continuation to the Northern break water structure across the entrance channel at Paradip Port at Lat 20 15' 38" N, Lon 86 40' 55" E. ---- T. K. VISWANATHAN, Secy. to the Govt. of India {}


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