CTRAM seminar on Emerging Ports on West Coast of India on March 14, 2015


The Centre for Transportation Research and Management (CTRAM), an autonomous body of Transport Professionals is organizing a National Seminar on 14th March, 2015 in Mumbai. The theme of this daylong Seminar is “Emerging Ports on West Coast of India” on March 14, 2015.

One of the key objectives of CTRAM has been to bring Industry, Government Agencies and Transport Professionals together for discussions and debates on system and procedures. CTRAM provides a forum for cross-sectoral, cross-functional dialogue among policy makers, Industry, Transportation Professionals and academics on issues relating to emerging needs for the fast growing economy.

The Seminar will have three Technical Sessions. The subjects for the three technical sessions will be as under : Technical Session I – Port Traffic Scenario, Technical Session II – Rail & Port Synergy & Technical Session III – Coastal Shipping & Port led development.

Some of the ports which have come up in the recent past are Mundra, Pipavav, etc which has resulted in requirement of massive rail infrastructure in the region.

These ports cannot exist or function in isolation and thus the connectivity of ports to the hinterland is crucial. India has a vast coastline and coastal shipping is also an important component of the logistic management of the country and Railway has to adapt necessary changes to give importance to niche business.

Railway is an important partner in the logistic eco system where port, shipping companies, transport operator, financer, industry and planners have to synergise their efforts.

Port-led development will be the pivot to promote exports in India. Railways of western region will continue to play a vital role to take the ‘Make in India’ brand globally. It will also help coastal shipping which will bring down the cost of logistics and make inland transport more efficient.

It is worth mentioning that almost 75% of the total minor ports of India are situated in the Western Region. Western Railway is the pioneer in the field of Ports traffic by having highest share of 56% of the total Indian Ports traffic, while Central Railway contributes 20% in this regard.