Govt proposes norms for coastal ferry projects

The centre has floated draft guidelines for operating Roll-on, Roll-off (Ro-Ro) ferry services on India’s coastline. An official statement said that the guidelines encompass terminal operation and license for operation of Ro-Pax (passenger) vessels.

“These guidelines will homogenize and streamline the development and operations of ferry services, along with, promoting ease of doing business by eliminating unnecessary delays, disagreements and introducing digital interventions at customer interface,” the statement said.

The Shipping Ministry said that it is developing an ecosystem for promotion of Ro-Ro ferry and waterway transportation in the country. The Ministry said that is is financially supporting 45 projects with total project cost of Rs 1900 crore under the gambit of Sagarmala.

A Ro-Pax Ferry service between Ghogha – Hazira in Gujarat and Mumbai – Mandwa in Maharashtra has been operationalized. “These services have transported more than 7 lakh passenger and 1.5 lakh vehicles,” the statement said.

Additional projects are planned at

and Muldwarka in Gujarat and Ghodbunder, Veldur, Vasai, Kashid, Rewas, Manori and JN Port in Maharashtra. In addition to these, the Shipping Ministry is supporting 4 projects in Andhra Pradesh, 2 projects in Odisha and 1 each in Tamil Nadu and Goa.

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William Murphy

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