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17th June, 2022 Social Issues

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  • After taking inputs from different stakeholders, the Ministry has prepared a draft of the “Guidelines for Operationalization of Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax ferry service along the coast of India”.
    • These guidelines will standardise and facilitate the development and operations of ferry services.
    • It will promote ease of doing business by eliminating unnecessary delays.
    • Introduce digital interventions at the customer interface.
    • Provide help to State/UT Governments and Port Authorities in the implementation of projects.
    • It will help to increase private participation and also promote healthy competition.

Significance of the step

  • The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has stressed the development of Ro-Ro (Roll-on, Roll-off) ferry and waterway transportation in India.
  • Under the Sagarmala Programme, the Ministry is promoting and developing Ro-Ro (Roll-on, Roll-off) ferry and waterway transportation.
  • Ro-Ro (Roll-on, Roll-off) ferry ships are the type of cargo ships that are designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, etc.
  • This mode of transportation has several benefits;
    • It will reduce travel time.
    • Reduce logistics costs.
    • Lower Pollution in comparison to the conventional modes of transportation (road or rail).
  • Under the Sagarmala Programme, the Ministry is financially supporting 45 projects with a total project cost of Rs. 1900 Crore.
    • This will generate employment, improve infrastructure and promote ease of doing business in the country.
    • It is an environment-friendly mode of transportation and also promotes the public welfare.