The Ministry of Shipping in India is organizing a
workshop titled 'Promoting Coastal Shipping and Inland Navigation
in India' in Bhubaneswar, Odisha state today.
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 programme amongst the stake holders and to engage with
them. The first such workshop was held on 9th June, 2017 in New
Delhi under the theme 'Accelerating Sagarmala Implementation -
Engaging with States'
The 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 under Sagarmala
India's 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.
The 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 benefit of coastal shipping and
inland navigation is that it is more environment friendly than
the other modes of transportation.
In 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
National 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 is particularly very
important as it will also serve the coalfields in Talcher and Ib
Valley of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).
Indian 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 MTPA
of thermal coal through shipping of coal from mines in Odisha to
power plants in Southern and Western states through Paradip Port
& Dhamra Ports.
The workshop will be inaugurated by the A. P. Padhi, Chief
Secretary, Government of Odisha in the presence of 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