Ministry of Shipping, Waterways and Ports launches 'Bharat Pravah' initiative

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Shipping, Waterways and Ports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has launched the initiative ‘Bharat Pravah-India along its Shores’.

An overview of the news 

Bharat Pravah:

  • The objective of this initiative is to highlight the importance of rivers-ports-shipping in the everyday life of the common man through literature, dialogue and communication.

  • It will also highlight the challenges, policy issues and future goals related to the maritime sector.

Importance of Ports in India:

  • India has 7,500 km of coastline, 14,500 km of navigable potential waterways and strategic locations along major international maritime trade routes.

  • About 95% of India's trade by volume and 65% by value is done through sea transport facilitated by ports.

  • India does about 35% containerization, while other developing countries do 62% to 65% containerization.

  • Currently, India does more bulk shipping than using containers, although we are making rapid progress towards containerization.

  • India's share in global trade is only 2%. The trade balance is in favor of imports. India ranks 44th in the Logistics Performance Index.

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