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Odisha Urges Centre for Infrastructure Development of Ports

Odisha government called upon the union government to initiate measures for infrastructure development of ports.

The cargo handling infrastructure in the existing ports of Paradeep, Dhamra and Gopalpur need to be upgraded. The development of port infrastructure would add to strength and viability of costal shipping in the State, said Chief Secretary, Adiyta Prasad Padhi while participating in workshop on costal shipping and inland navigation .

 The transportation through costal shipping is cost effective and environment friendly. It reduces the logistic cost of the cargo and make the business more competitive in World Market, he said.

Odias were known as sea faring race for their glorious maritime trade. It is matter of concern that in recent days the shipping and coastal route has taken a back seat in transport sector in spite of its comparative advantage over rail and road transport. The development of coastal shipping through Sagaramala Project would reduce the congestion on rail and national highways. 

 The need for expeditious evacuation of coal from the mines of Mahanadi Coal Field area has become imperative. Till now, State Govt is taking major initiative for evacuation of coal from MCL area. In recent days MCL has enhanced its production and there is a need for quicker evacuation of the excavated coal from its mining area.

The Sagaramala Project Authorities should take initiatives from their side for evacuation of coal from MCL mining field to the Ports so that those could be transported to destination points through sea route. 

 Addressing the Workshop,  Joint Secretary Ministry of Shipping Sri Rabindra Kumar Agrawal said around 1 billion tons of coal would be mined in coming years out of which MCL alone would contribute around 25% . Presently, 61% of the power plants in the country are thermal based. There is need for increasing coal production and transportation today. He maintained that at times logistic cost of the coal and other minerals became more than the cost of mineral itself. Coastal shipping would reduce this cost to a large extent. He added, “Sagaramala is an ambitious national initiative aimed at  bringing about a step change in India’s logistic sector performance. It aspires to achieve overall cost saving of Rs. 35,000 to Rs.40, 000 cr per annum through reduction of logistic cost for EXIM and domestic cargo.               

The Workshop was organized in 3 different sessions including the inaugural session. Deliberations were  held on the topics relating to costal shipping experience of Paradeep Port, short sea shipping and Inland Navigation, Evaluation of regulatory and economic environment for coastal shipping in India, Potential   of  inland waterways of India in freight transportation, Coastal shipping and MCL, Port-Rail connectivity and Opportunities for Coastal Shipping Trade in India.

 Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport Sri Sanjaya Rasogi, Principal Secretary Industry Sri Sanjeeb Chopra, Commissioner Railways  Sri Manoj Kumar Mishra, Advisor, Coastal Shipping M.M. Hasija, Chairman Paradeep Port Trust Rinkesh Roy, Chairman ICC Shipping Committee Capt. BVJK Sharma  along with senior officers from Port Authorities, Ministry of Shipping  and subject experts spoke on the occasion.   


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