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Soon Water Metro in Maharashtra to ease Road Traffic

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Water Metro Takes Center Stage at Green Shipping Workshop in Kochi. Kochi Water Metro success story resonated with other state governments, including Maharashtra, who expressed keen interest in replicating the model in their own regions.

Kochi, India: The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) hosted a workshop in Kochi, Kerala, titled “Charting a Course for Green Inland Vessels Transition.” The event, held in collaboration with the World Bank and Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), focused on promoting green shipping practices and accelerating the transition towards sustainable transportation in India.

The workshop attracted representatives from various state governments, including Maharashtra, and key stakeholders in the maritime and inland waterway transportation sectors. This gathering provided a valuable platform for discussions and collaborations aimed at achieving the ambitious goals of net-zero emissions outlined in the “MIV 2030” and “Amritkal Vision 2047” initiatives.

Water Metro Projects Take the Spotlight:

One of the key highlights of the workshop was the emphasis on water metro projects as a promising solution for green and sustainable transportation. Notably, the successful implementation of the Kochi Water Metro project served as a major inspiration and model for future initiatives.

Representatives from the Kochi Water Metro shared their experience and insights on how this innovative project has not only promoted modal adoption of water transport but also established a global benchmark with its large fleet of electric vessels. This success story resonated with other state governments, including Maharashtra, who expressed keen interest in replicating the model in their own regions.

Collaboration and Commitment to Green Transition:

The workshop facilitated fruitful discussions around a proposed scheme aimed at financing, constructing, and rolling out green vessel initiatives. Participants also explored various green fuel options and emphasized the importance of research and development for technology stabilization and standardization.

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Overall, the workshop served as a vital step towards achieving the government’s vision of green and sustainable transportation. The collaborative efforts of MoPSW, state governments, industry leaders, and other stakeholders offer a promising outlook for the future of green shipping in India. The upcoming site visit to the Kochi Water Metro and Cochin Shipyard on December 2nd will provide a further opportunity for knowledge sharing and inspiration for future green projects, including the potential development of a water metro system in Maharashtra.

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