Shipping Ministry is organizing a workshop titled ‘Promoting Coastal
Shipping and Inland Navigation in India’ in Bhubaneswar on July 13. This is the second in a series of workshops
the Ministry plans to hold over the next 6-8 months to create awareness about
the Sagarmala program amongst the stake holders and to engage with them.
first such workshop was held on June 9th in New Delhi under the
theme ‘Accelerating Sagarmala Implementation – Engaging with States’
main objective of tomorrow’s workshop in
Bhubaneswar is to increase awareness about coastal shipping and inland
navigation, with the purpose of increasing
their modal share in the logistical modal mix from the current level of
approximately 6 percent to about 12 percent by 2025
7500 kms of coastline and almost 14,000 kms of navigable rivers provide the
perfect platform for the development of integrated water based transport system
for domestic and EXIM freight as well as passenger transport.
promotion of coastal shipping and inland navigation will help to reduce the
congestion on the road and rail network. The transportation of cargo through
coastal shipping and inland water navigation is also very cost effective. It is
estimated that the cost per ton per kilometer of moving cargo through the coastal
or inland navigation route can be sixty percent to eighty percent cheaper than
moving the cargo through rail or road. One of the other benefits of coastal
shipping and inland navigation is that it is more environment friendly than the
other modes of transportation.
order to promote inland navigation, 111 inland waterways across 24 states have
been declared as National Waterways (NWs) under the National Waterways Act,
2016. These will be developed and utilized as environment friendly and
sustainable modes of transport.
Waterway-5 covers the state of Odisha and a part of West
Bengal. It runs a total length of 623 km of which 91 km is within West Bengal
and the remaining 532 km is in Odisha. The stretches from Talcher to Dhamra on
the Brahmani River are particularly very important as it will also serve the
coalfields in Talcher and Ib Valley of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
Port Rail Company Limited (IPRCL), a company under the Ministry of Shipping is
also developing a heavy haul rail corridor from Talcher to Paradip. This will
help to add 80 Million tons per annum of thermal coal through shipping of coal
from mines in Odisha to power plants in Southern and Western states through
Paradip Port & Dhamra Ports.
workshop will be inaugurated by A. P.
Padhi, Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha in the presence of Mr. Alok
Srivastava, Special Secretary, Ministry of Shipping and will be attended by
other officials from Ministry of Shipping, Major & Non-major Ports, Indian
Port Rail Corporation Limited and other stakeholders.