In Karnataka State, the Inland Water Transport wing has been created under the Department of Ports in the year 1972 on the recommendations of Gokhale Committee and Bhagavathi Committee to look after the administration, maintenance, control and regulation of the Ferries and Waterways by providing modernized Dumb Boats, LCTs. FRP Boats and Mechanized Steel & Wooden Boats.

According to the latest review, the State has got 335 Ferries out of which 16 Ferries are operated by the Department and 32 Ferries operated by public auction under the control and supervision of the department.

Remaining 282 Ferries are operated by Taluk, Village and Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Development Boards. The personnel working in the department are well trained in the field on Navigation and Nautical Technology. The above Ferry services are mainly provided to cater shore to shore transportation of Men and materials of the remotest rural areas, which are not connected either with road or rail transportation. They are service oriented facilities to the rural commuters for their daily requirements.

During the year 2016-17, totally 21,71,555 passengers and 2,88,908 different kinds of vehicles have been transported through 15 ferries run by the Department of Ports and Inland Water Transport. and earned the revenue of Rs. 81,57,521/- during the year      2016-17

Sl.

No.

Name of the District

No. of Ferries existing

Departmentally

managed

Managed

Departmentally

through auction / lease

1

2

3

4

5

 

Bangalore Circle

     

1

Bangalore Rural

12

2

Kolar

3

Tumkur

01

4

Mysore

29

04

5

Hassan

04

6

Mandya

16

7

Chamarajnagar

14

01

 

 

Shimoga Circle

     

8

Shimoga

22

03

9

Chitradurga

06

10

Davangere

05

   

11

Chikkamagaluru

08

 

 

Hubli Circle

     

12

Dharwad

01

 

13

Gadag

04

03

01

14

Bellary

10

15

Haveri

15

16

Belgaum

25

03

01

 

 

Honnavar Circle

     

17

Uttara Kannada

35

01

03

18

Dakshina Kannada

20

06

19

Kodugu

02

20

Udupi District

13

01

01

 

 

Kalaburgi Circle

     

21

Gulbarga

26

01

12

22

Bidar

06

 

 

Bagalkot Circle

     

23

Bijapur

14

24

Raichur

23

25

Bagalkot

22

03

04

26

Koppal

01

 

TOTAL:

334

16

32