Integrating Inland Water Transportation with Roads

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Historically water-dependent cities in developing countries have often opted for land-oriented transportation system once the wave of development began to take place. Despite being crisscrossed with rivers and canals with appropriate width and depth for inland water transport, cities like Dhaka, Bangladesh have failed to adopt an integrated approach towards transportation. This approach not only disregards the possible coexistence of water and road, but also adds to the damaging consequences of a detached transportation planning, i.e. water clogging, traffic congestion, destruction of wetlands, loss of cultural identity etc. With the research questions in mind “How can the water transport counterpart the road systems in a city in order to achieve an integrated and sustainable transportation planning?”, this topic is explored in four sections, (1) literature review on Inland Waterway Transportation (IWT) and sustainable transport indicator for IWT, (2) proposed toolkit of sustainable transport indicator for IWT on environmental, economic and social aspects, (3) historical context and changing patterns of water transport, the repercussion of the separated transportation system and assessing the IWT sector with the proposed toolkit and available data, and finally (3) critical analysis and recommendations for creating an alternative and supplementary water transport in Dhaka.


Saima Musharrat , Asakura Robinson , Houston , TX (see bio)
Activity Type: Posters
NPC Topic: International