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East coast ports to import bulk of coal

East coast ports to import bulk of coal

PVK Mohan, Chairman, National Shipping Board, said the country's coal imports will shortly rise to 200 million tonne annually and the bulk of the imports will be through east coast ports. Mohan also said that the non-major ports on the east coast would play a critical role and the major ports must, therefore, get their act together.

Noting that coastal shipping and inland water transportation were now poised to play a vital role, Mohan said the profile of the eastern seaboard will change with the creation of additional cargo-handling facilities. The country's maritime agenda, being fina­li­sed by the ministry, would emphasise on level-playing field for both major and non-major ports, and the role of coastal shipping and IWT, he said.

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