Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge), Mansukh Mandaviya has directed Dredging Corporation of India to explore the possibilities of recycling of dredging material on the coastline as well as on riverine ports of India.
The minister was responding to suggestions made during a video conference on recycling of dredging material with officials of Ministry of Shipping, Dredging Corporation of India, Indian Port Association, Inland Waterways Authority of India, Chairpersons of Major Port Trusts and experts of the sector on Wednesday.
Mandaviya emphasised that recycling of dredged material should be implemented in a way that can reduce the dredging cost, as it was regular activity to maintain the course of a waterway for safety and easiness of shipping traffic as well as discharge. He suggested private players build a recycling model with a cost-effective logistics system to transport the dredging waste while keeping in mind zero effect on the environment.
Mandaviya also added that the Govt of India was aiming for sustainable development and recycling the dredging waste into environment-friendly commodities helped reinforce the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn ‘waste into wealth’ in India’s growth story.