The government is working towards bringing in an integrated mode of cargo transport to reduce logistics cost, Union minister of road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari said Thursday.
Launching Container Corporation of India’s (CONCOR) first-ever container transport through coastal shipping from Kandla in Gujarat to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu through video-conferencing here, Gadkari recalled how people used to laugh at his dream of developing waterways and running cargo ships on the river Ganga. CONCOR is a public sector undertaking under the railway ministry. “ When I used to advocate for water transport people used to laugh at me and one big politician had even once said that running a ship on Ganga is like building castles in the air…in international markets due to logistics cost being higher we are unable to compete. Roads are the most expensive mode of transport and I genuinely want road traffic to get reduced but it is increasing each year…,” he said.
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