The Rajasthan government is exploring ways to develop an artificial inland port in Jalore by bringing in Arabian Sea water into Rajasthan through Gujarat. If implemented, Rajasthan will become accessible by water transport and will be able to shed the tag of a landlocked state. For the pre-feasibility study of the project, the state water resources department (SWRD) has already issued an administrative and technical (A&T) approval. As per an understanding between the Centre and the state, the ministry of shipping, road transport and highways would assist in commissioning of the study. Planning though is in the initial phase but officials claim that the project is feasible. The navigation channel would be at least 300 metre wide and about 25 metre deep. It would start from the tip of Lakhpat at Kori Creek in Arabian Sea, run through the Rann of Kutch and join Sanchore, 135 km from district headquarters of Jalore. Geological studies suggested that there are no solid rocks and it is largely a marshy land. The cost for the study is estimated to be Rs 1.19 crore. If implemented, the canal would open another way for transportation to landlocked Rajasthan. It will also open up opportunities in the Thar Desert region.
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