Ports in India

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India has 13 major ports and about 200 non-major ports. Cargo traffic, which was 976 million metric tonnes (MMT) in 2012 is expected to reach 1,758 MMT by 2017. The Indian ports and shipping industry plays a vital role in sustaining growth in the country’s trade and commerce. India currently ranks 16th among maritime countries, with a coastline of about 7,517 km. Around 95 per cent of India's trade by volume and 70 per cent by value takes place through maritime transport, according to the Ministry of Shipping.

The future of Port industry:

The Indian government will develop 10 coastal economic regions as part of plans to revive the country’s Sagarmala (string of ports) project, according to the Daily Shipping Times. The zones will be manufacturing hubs supported by port modernization projects and could cover 300-500km of coastline. The government is also looking to develop the inland waterway sector as an alternative to road and rail transport

Safety of Port workers:

Dock Workers (Safety, Health and Welfare) Act, 1986, The Directorate General of Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI) assists the labour ministry in formulating national policies on occupational safety and health in factories and docks, and enforcing them through inspectorates of factories and inspectorates of dock safety.

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