Workshop in Bhubaneswar to encourage coastal shipping and inter-country shipping in India under Sagarmala program

      The shipping ministry is organizing a workshop for the promotion of coastal shipping and intra-regional shipping in India under the Sagarmala program in Bhubaneswar. This is the second workshop in the series of workshops to be organized in the next 6-8 months to raise awareness of Sagarmala program in stake holders. This kind of first workshop was organized in New Delhi on 9th June, 2017 about accelerating Sagarmala program and participation of states.


The main aim of the workshop to be held in Bhubaneswar tomorrow is to increase awareness about coastal shipping and inter-country shipping so that the share of logical model mix under Sagarmala can be increased from current 6 percent to 12 percent by 2025.


India's 7500 km coastal area and about 14000 km navigable rivers provide a perfect platform for the development of integrated water based transport system for domestic and EXIM freight and passenger transport.


Coastal shipping and inter-island coastal shipping will help in reducing the crowd of roads and rail networks. Coastal shipping and transit shipping costs are consistent. It is estimated that cargo shipping cost per km per km from coastal and inter-island shipping routes will be 60 to 80 percent cheaper than cargo handling by rail and road. Another benefit of coastal shipping and inter-island shipping is that it is more environmentally compatible than other transport measures.


Under the National Waterway Act 2016, 111 inter-state water routes of 24 states have been declared as National Waterways to encourage inter-country shipping. These routes will be developed and they will be used as the environmentally friendly medium of transportation.


National Waterway-5 covers a portion of Odisha and West Bengal. Its length is 623 km. Out of this, 91 km is in West Bengal and the remaining 532 km in Odisha. Part of the religion is very important from Talcher on the Brahmani river because this part will be helpful in the IB Valley of Talcher Coal Sectors and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).


Under the shipping ministry Indian Port Rail Company Limited (IPRCL) is developing rail corridor from Talcher to Paradip. This will help 80 MTPA coal in the coal sent to Paradip port and Odisha mines from the port of Dharma to the southwestern states.


The workshop was inaugurated by Mr A.P.Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha, in the presence of Special Secretary, Mr. Alok Shrivastav, in the Ministry of Shipping. It will include shipping ministry, major and small ports, senior officials of India Port Railway Corporation and other stakeholders.