Gadkari urges automakers to opt for coastal shipping mode

Gadkari urges automakers to opt for coastal shipping mode

Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Saturday appealed to automobile manufacturers to opt for coastal shipping mode to transport vehicles.

Transportation by road was costly and would pollute the environment even as there was the risk of accidents, Gadkari said after flagging off the export of Ashok Leyland trucks by the coastal route to Bangladesh via video conferencing from Nagpur.

"That is the reason that we have decided to use waterways and coastal transport. This is going to reduce the cost, save time and at the same time will be very good for the environment," he said.

The consignment of 185 trucks will be transported through the roll-on roll-off (RoRo) coastal movement from Chennai Port to Mongla Port in Bangladesh.

He recalled that India had signed a coastal shipping agreement with Bangladesh during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in 2015.

RoRo service is operational between Chennai and Kochi and Kochi to Kandla, and "this is a great example which is going to inspire and motivate all automobile manufacturers," Gadkari added.

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