The shipping ministry will be renamed as the ministry of ports, shipping and waterways. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made this announcement while inaugurating the Ro-Pax terminal at Hazira and flagging off the Ro-Pax ferry service. The PM said this will bring greater clarity in works as well.
“In most of the developed economies, the shipping ministry has the responsibility of ports and waterways. In India, the shipping ministry has been carrying out the tasks of ports and waterways. Now with greater clarity in the name, there will be more clarity on the works carried out,” Modi said.
Sources said there has been confusion for years on who is responsible for waterways, though the Inland Waterways Authority of India is the statutory authority for the notified national waterways, which include rivers, canals and creeks.