Freight movement via waterways on the rise
The country witnessed a notable jump in freight transport and cargo movement through waterways between FY14 and FY16. During the period, the total freight through coastal shipping from all ports, including major and minor, rose 10.9 per cent from 161.36 million tonnes (mt) to 178.92 mt. While the freight transport from major ports increased 9.2 per cent to 125.26 mt, that from minor ports jumped 14.9 per cent to 53.66 mt. Similarly, cargo movement through NWS rose more than 32 per cent from 32.26 mt in 2013-14 to 42.66 mt in 2015-16.