Maruti Suzuki has successfully shipped 24 cars through the inland waterways, creating a landmark. A vessel carrying 24 Maruti cars reached Garden Reach jetty II of Inland Water Transport Authority (IWTA) in Kolkata from Varanasi.
Transporting cars through inland waterways has proved to be successful, because such an idea can take the pressure off the roadways.
The vessel owned by IWTA, named M V VV Giri was flagged off by Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways, and Shipping, on August 12. The vessel took six days to reach Kolkata from Varanasi.
Speaking on the occasion, Arvind Kumar, the Additional Director of IWTA said, "It is purely an experimental shipment of a Maruti consignment. But at the end of the 1210-km-long trip, the collective impact was very positive."
"Maruti does not even need to take the cars to its own warehouse but straight to dealers. We are allowing transporters to use IWTA warehouses and keep their consignment for seven days at free of cost."