In a bid to increase the ease of transportation, the new Narendra Modi government is for developing and popularising coastal shipping. The freight transport through the waters would help to bring down road and rail congestion, Union Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) Manuskh Lal Mandaviya said in New Delhi after assuming office.
“At present the freight transported through waterways is much lower in numbers. The government wants to increase the waterways transport in the coming years,” he said in New Delhi.
Noting that the biggest challenge faced for coastal shipping was with respect to the delay in approval for the movement of the freight. “Now it takes two to three days for the movement. As such people prefer road or rail transport. Te government is for bringing down the delay in freight movement,” he said.
The Minister also said that his ministry would give more importance to ship building and ship breaking units. “There is much possibility in these two sectors and as such India should tap them,” he said.
With respect to ship breaking units, he said that all international norms would be followed. The government would implement the environment laws, including Hong Kong convention, while ship breaking.