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Shipping ministry to organise 2nd awareness workshop on Sagarmala programme
By TOG News Service
Jul 12, 2017

TOG News Service, New Delhi, July 12, 2017:The Ministry of Shipping is organizing a workshop titled 'Promoting Coastal Shipping and Inland Navigation in India' in Bhubaneswar tomorrow. 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 June 9, 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.

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 transport.

The workshop will be inaugurated by the Mr. A. P. Padhi, Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha in the presence of Mr. 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 other stakeholders.