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Power Projet Companies & Cargo Movers meet on Inland Waterways

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) of the Union Ministry of Shipping is organizing a Workshop on January 18, 2010 at World Trade Centre, Mumbai in order to bring the power project companies and cargo movers together. The Workshop will deliberate on issues of smooth movement of coal for thermal power plants located along Ganges and Brahmaputra and for project cargo for hydro electric projects coming up in the North-East region. B. K. Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission, would be the Chief Guest and Secretary (Shipping) along with former Secretary (Shipping) and other experts would be attending this workshop.

Besides, the workshop will also be attended by the various stakeholders including cargo owners and cargo movers. The workshop is expected to provide a great fillip to the efforts of IWAI towards promoting IWT.

In this context, it is noteworthy that Inland Water Transport is a climate friendly, fuel efficient and cost effective mode of transport especially for Bulk cargo such as coal, cement, steel, foodgrans etc. Due to impressive economic growth made by the country in the last decade or so, the need for transportation of bulk goods, which is essential for sustaining the pace of economic growth, has become more pronounced. Inland Water Transport assumes greater significance as capacity expansion of traditional transport modes namely Rail and Road is capital intensive, time consuming and involves complex issue of land acquisition.

The projected movement of coal and project cargo on NW 1 and NW 2 presents as huge potential and opportunity for development of nascent inland water transport system in the country. These involve integration of coastal shipping, transshipment technology, lighterage operations and inland water transportation with rail and road operations.

Source: PIB

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