The Shipping Ministry aims at creating the requisite rail and waterways
infrastructure to transport liquid cargo like LNG, LPG, methanol, CNG and
edible oils, thereby moving them away from road, the Shipping Minister, Mr
Nitin Gadkari, has said.
The Minister was speaking while reviewing the activities of ports in the
country in Panaji earlier this week.
He is understood to have told the meeting that a large portion of India’s
imports of liquid cargo such as LNG, CNG, LPG, methanol and edible oils move by
the environmentally unfriendly road sector, which needs to change. He said a
study would be commissioned to understand the modalities of liquid cargo
It was also decided that facilities would be created for the handling of
fruit and vegetable exports through refrigerated containers. The Ministry also
intends to fund a centre for excellence at IIT Chennai to study maintenance and
dredging requirement for all ports, suggest cost-cutting measures and
trouble-shoot marine engineering issues related to seas and rivers in the
country, according to sources.