In order to lessen the burden on cargo trucks for shipping goods, Goa is ready to set up and promote shipping jetties. Reports suggest that Goa will have as many as nine new jetties to promote coastal shipping of cargo.
Nine locations, in an initial survey conducted by the Public Works Department (PWD), have been shortlisted for the new jetties that are:
- Old Goa or Divar
- Cortalim or Rassaim
Before finalising the above-mentioned location, a detailed report on them will be prepared and a consultant will be appointed to overlook the same.
“The traffic on the roads has increased manifolds. Due to high density of traffic and narrow roads, accidents on roads are also increasing. With this in mind, state PWD has carried out survey to explore the possibilities of construction of jetties on the strategic routes of Aldona – Panaji, Cortalim – Durbhat – Panaji, Pilgao – Panaji and Diwar – Chodan – Panaji. This will take off the cargo traffic from the road and will promote coastal shipping of cargo,” read a report by Indian Ports Association on development of jetties in Goa. – DNA
Transportation through the inland waterways of Goa will be efficient at the same time economical for the government. Work of refurbishing and strengthening of the existing jetties in the state has already begun for that reason. It is also ideal for the state to carry out such a project because Goa has vast water land and many existing islands are thickly populated.
“At present, government is operating ferry services for commuters. Prior to the liberation of state i.e. during Portuguese rule, there was tremendous demand for inland waterways transport. Passenger boats were plying in various places which were locally known as “gasoline”. Due to subsequent development of state after liberation, the demand was reduced and due to high maintenance cost government had to shut down the operation,” reads the report.
The inland waterways project would get a great boost if new jetties are constructed; at the same time help revive the discontinued operation within the state.
Although the Union government declared six rivers of Goa as National Waterways (NW) – Mandovi (NW 68), Chapora (NW 25), Zuari (NW 111), Sal (NW 88), Cumbarjua (NW 27) and Mapusa (NW 71), as part of the first phase the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) plans to invite bids only for Mandovi (NW 68), Cumberjua (NW 27) and Zuari (NW 111) rivers.
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