In­land wa­ter­ways need of the hour

At the Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Mar­itime In­fra­struc­ture in In­dia, the chal­lenges plagu­ing the in­dus­try, as well as scope for the fu­ture were dis­cussed with great en­thu­si­asm. The con­fer­ence unan­i­mously agreed upon the need of PPP.

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he PHD Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try or­gan­ised a one day con­fer­ence on Mar­itime In­fra­struc­ture in In­dia in the cap­i­tal re­cently.

The Con­fer­ence was at­tended by more than 100 del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing a wide cross-sec­tion of pro­fes­sion­als from the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try.

Chief Guest Amitabh Verma, IAS, Chair­man, In­land Wa­ter­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia (Min­istry of Shipping) high­lighted the im­por­tance of In­land Wa­ter­ways.

Verma said, “This sec­tor has been ne­glected all th­ese years and the present gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tives to de­velop this sec­tor will im­mensely ben­e­fit this sec­tor”. He fur­ther stressed upon the need for greater co­op­er­a­tion from state gov­ern­ments to clas­sify rivers in or­der to map their nav­i­ga­tion po­ten­tial.

“The state gov­ern­ments should pro­vide in­cen­tives to in­dus­try to cre­ate in­dus­trial es­tates near river banks. There is a need to pro­mote pri­vate par­tic­i­pa­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of lo­gis­tics and ter­mi­nals in in­land wa­ter­ways and bar­rage con­struc­tion as well to en­hance the dredg­ing ca­pac­ity”, he stated.

Ashok Ma­ha­p­a­tra, Di­rec­tor, Mar­itime Or­ga­ni­za­tion em­pha­sized on the need to de­velop mar­itime in­fra­struc­ture in or­der to strengthen the coun­try’s po­si­tion in Global trade. The de­vel­op­ment of In­land wa­ter­ways will re­duce pres­sure on the rail and road sec­tor. Su­dar­shan Das Mundhra, Chair­man, Roads, Ports & Other In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee, high­lighted the need for dis­pute res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nism to has­ten set­tle­ment of dis­putes. He fur­ther stated that all clear­ances, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal, for­est and coastal reg­u­la­tion zone, should be in place be­fore projects are put to ten­der in or­der to avoid uncer­tain­ties.

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