What measures have been taken under the Sagarmala Program to increase the volume of Coastal Shipping

The following initiatives have been taken under the Sagarmala Program to promote coastal shipping

  1. Cabotage relaxed for 5 years for specialized vessels (RO-RO, RO-PAX)
  2. Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) constituted to develop a strategy and roadmap for coastal shipping of coal and other commodities /product
  3. Coastal Berth Scheme has been implemented for financial assistance to develop infrastructure for coastal cargo movement at ports
  4. Customs & excise duty exemption on bunker fuel for coastal container vessels
  5. Abatement of service tax on coastal shipping
  6. Green channel clearance for coastal cargo
  7. Exemption on lighthouse dues for coastal ships

For capacity addition in Coastal Shipping, the Sagarmala Programme is considering planned investment of nearly Rs. 1.5 lakh crores. These projects include new port development, capacity addition at existing ports, and operational improvements at existing ports

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