Scope for coastal cruises

Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has sent the shipping ministry a proposal for development of coastal shipping for movement of goods. Apart from relieving the pressure on roads,  which carry some 57 percent of goods, coastal shipping offers a better, and safer mode for transporting high volume items such as coal and fertilizer, and also hazardous material.

As railways and road network led to development of economies of scores of small towns in the country’s interiors, a shipping line along the coastline would boost our smaller coastal towns. Developing coastal shipping routes, for freight and passenger movement,  would  open out tourism possibilities in small towns located on the 7,500 km. plus coastline in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal.

CII ought to follow up its proposal with workshop, seminars, engaging the shipping, surface transport and tourism ministries,  with relevant industry, and tours operators, to take forward the idea of coastal cruise and passenger shipping for development of a host of smaller coastal towns such as Calicut, Kottayam, Balewar, Daman and Porbandhar.


One Response

  1. good idea! possibilities are enormous .. goods, people cattle, animals and finally tourists if run very well with good amenities. Why not take it up with Tourism, or Ministry of shipping etc?

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