The existing canal network, built by the British, is suitable for vessels up to 100 tonnes. But the present canal network needs to be widened.
Things are falling in place for the much-hyped inland waterways project National Waterway 4 from Kakinada to Puducherry. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is planning to conduct a trial run in December this year. It has asked the State Government to conduct a delineation survey all along the Buckhingam Canal to ascertain government lands, private properties and other obstructions, if any.