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Liquid cargo will move by rail and waterways and no longer by road: Nitin Gadkari

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 handling logistics.

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.


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