Huge demand expected for capital, maintenance dredging

The use of larger vessels, construction of new ports, an increased focus on coastal shipping, inland transportation and government support are likely to drive demand for both capital and maintenance dredging

The Indian government's plan of constructing new ports and expanding existing ones to support an expected increase in traffic is likely to create a huge demand for capital and maintenance dredging in the country, a top government official has said.

"The use of larger vessels, construction of new ports, an increased focus on coastal shipping, inland transportation and government support are likely to drive the demand for both capital and maintenance dredging," Union shipping ministry's secretary, K Mohandas, told PTI on the sidelines of the SMP World Expo 2010, held in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Citing a report from the National Maritime Development Programme (NMDP), out of the total port development expenditure of Rs55,800 crore, the expenditure earmarked for the dredging of all major Indian ports by FY12 is estimated at Rs6,300 crore, he said.

Moreover, as the country is expected to become a trade hub going forward, an effective port infrastructure is likely to play a vital role in determining the volume of export-import trade, he said. "With India expected to emerge as a global trade hub over the next few years, an effective port infrastructure is vital to scale up the country's trade development," Mr Mohandas added.

The government's Sethusamudram Ship Channel project and its plan to develop coastal shipping and Inland Water Transport (IWT) are expected to open avenues for dredging in the country, he added.
 

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    Cdr GVK Unnithan

    1 decade ago

    The Sethu Canal had been dug up to 10.7 m they claim. This started in 2005 and likely to complte by 2011, if all goes well. The canal is not being used in between. In 2011, the canal will be due for maintenance dredging as the depth would have been 5 or 6 meters. This depth is more or less available now in Pamban bridge, if you want coastal shipping to improve. Then why are we digging the environmentally sensitive Sethu? No major international shipping is going to use the canal, even if it is completed. It could only be a canal worth dredging year after year, for the sake of dredging as it will never be economically viable!

    Shibaji Dash

    1 decade ago

    Eminent experts also are prone to tubular view. The Rakesh Mohan Committee on Infrastructure omitted to include inland water transport . May be, the members of the Committee had no exposure to the cargo boats in the canals that were dug by kings in the days of yore and, were unaware of the advantages of inland water transport. It needs little fossil fuel ;pollution free ; employment generating in the hinterlands.( read villages ) An opportunity later came when Rakesh ji chaired the Shipping Committee in 2001. But it was missed again. Time has come to amend.

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