Port Wings News Network:
The Union Government on 7 March 2018 informed the Parliament that an Inter- Ministerial Committee on augmenting coastal shipping of Coal and other commodities/products have been constituted. According to a media statement, Ministry of Shipping is the nodal Ministry for the Committee. The terms of reference of the committee are:-
Review and approve the strategy for coastal shipping of coal including annual targets for volumes of coal, which can be transported by rail-sea-rail route;
Periodically review and approve the implementation roadmap and associated projects for achieving the agreed targets;
Approve actions for addressing issues related to inter Ministry or Inter agency Coordination;
Periodically collect feedback from all relevant stakeholders (power utilities, coal producers, railways, Shipping companies/logistics service providers, ports, etc.) to fine-tune the strategy and road map for coastal shipping of coal as well as other commodities.