Ro-Pax Services for Eco-Friendly Transport in India


The rising consequences of global warming in nature and ozone layer depletion have pressured countries around the world to opt for eco-friendly transport. Our country is the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases and accounts for about 26.8% of the total emissions in the world. Energy consumption is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. The energy sector includes electricity, transportation, construction, and other fuel combustion, etc.

 The transportation segment is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions through burning fossil fuels. In India, 94.5% of carbon dioxide is emitted by the transport sector. This increases the significance of the introduction of eco-friendly vehicles in the market. Many companies are also trying to innovate to find energy-efficient vehicle engines with zero-emission.

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways aims at shortening travel distance, lessening travel time, and reducing of carbon footprint for our country’s green future. Across India’s wide coastline and inland, waterways the government is planning to build a network of Ro-Pax services like Hazira-Ghogha Ro-Pax Ferry Service. The ministry expects to save around 33,13,000 lakh liters of fuel yearly through Hazira-Ghogha Ro-Pax Ferry Service. PM Narendra Modi in November last year inaugurated the Ro-Pax terminal at Hazira as well as the Ro-Pax Ferry Service was launched between Hazira and Ghogha in the state of Gujarat.

Prime Minister Modi said that this better connectivity will be advantageous to all. According to PM, RO-PAX Ferry Service between Hazira and Ghogha is like a dream come true for people in Saurashtra and South of Gujarat, as the traveling distance is reduced from 10 to 12 hours to three to four hours. The Prime Minister also stated that this Ferry Service will lessen time and reduce cost.  The new service will be benefitted by 80,000 passenger trains, as well as 30,000 tracks in this year.

PM stated on World Environment Day that different modes of transport will help in clean transportation. The ministry is planning to set up a greener and pure port ecosystem under its Green Ports program. The ministry promotes sustainable growth of the economy through boosting energy-efficient methods as well as adopting renewable energy alternatives. Some of the Green Ports initiatives are as follows an effective supervising plan, efficient plan for pollution prevention, constructing of plants for sewage water treatment and waste dumping plants, constructing up of greener energy projects, creating OSR facilities, and prevention of waste disposal in the sea.

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