Kolkata: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) flagged off a container vesselM V Bhavya from Garden Reach Jetty – II on Wednesday. The initiative is aimed at increasing the cargo transportation. The container vessel, carrying 52 containers of edible oil, will reach Patna in 9 to 10 days. “This is the country’s largest movement of the vessel thorough IWAI and stands testimony to the readiness of National Waterway-1 (river Ganga) in providing a seamlessly enabled fairway,” said Pravir Pandey, chairman of IWAI, after flagging off the vessel. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaM V Bhavya, which belongs to M/S Adani Logistics Ltd, will reach its destination after covering a distance of 955 kilometers. “This movement is a step towards Blue economy. In short, this is a venture that Adani Group has taken as a challenge to revive commercial services in river,” said Vinit Kumar, chairman of Kolkata Port Trust. The vessel containing 52 containers follows earlier movements on river Ganga by a slew of cargo owners such as PepsiCo, Emami Agrotech, IFFCO Fertilizers, Dabur India. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThis apart, World’s largest Container firm Maersk Line has also moved on National Waterway -1 earlier with 16 containers from Varanasi to Kolkata in February, 2019. In the run up to the latest movement, several landmark movements have already been conducted on National Waterway-1 that include India’s first container movement (16 TEU belonging to PepsiCo) from Kolkata to Varanasi that was received by Prime Minister Narendra on November 12, 2018. However, 17 other major pilot movements have occurred on National Waterway -1 with different cargo such as stone chips, food grains, fly-ash, cement, fertilizers, wood blocks, silica sand and FMCG cargo containers.