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State to start RORO services between Kolkata Port & Howrah

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The state Transport department will introduce Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) services between Kolkata Port and Howrah, which could be extended to any part of Bangladesh.

RORO is a service on waterways in which a truck or container carrying cargo is loaded or ‘rolled on’ the vessel at the bank of the river/sea and is transported to the other side of the water channel where it is unloaded or ‘rolled off’ the vessel.

“West Bengal is now getting ready with fully equipped and state-of-the-art infrastructure to facilitate business with Bangladesh,” said state Transport minister Firhad Hakim during his speech at the ‘India Bangladesh Logistics and Industrial Summit 2021’ organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

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India, he felt, can play a vital role in furthering Bangladesh’s economic prospect through trade and investment. “We may delve into joint venture partnership in important projects such as agro-processing, automobiles, ceramics, chemicals, light engineering, ICT, hospital and medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, tourism and textile sectors,” he added.

Chandranath Dey, Head-Operation, BD and Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure (PAGI), JLL India, said: “To stimulate seamless growth in the sector, nomenclature for Warehousing and Logistics needs to be separated. Also for cargo movement, investors need to encourage use of waterways as it is the cheapest mode.”

 Source: Millennium Post

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