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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown keen interest in developing 1,100 islands and 300 lighthouses across the nation to tap their huge tourism potential. Informing this, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today said that Rs 50,000 crore will be spent on developing 101 waterways in the next 2-3 years. Mr Gadkari said, the government will seek Parliament nod on a Bill for converting 101 rivers into waterways.

The Minister said, a pact between India and Bangladesh is also likely on transportation of goods through waterways between both nations during the PM’s visit to the country. He said, the government is planning to develop these waterways through the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. Mr Gadkari said, of the 101 rivers to be converted into waterways, detailed project reports (DPRs) for 16 are likely to be completed this month while those for another 40 will be ready by December 2015.