Development of Coastal and Inland Water System Discussed

At a two-day international conference on Coastal and Inland Water System, experts from various fields discussed Odisha’s potential to develop the largest water-based cargo transportation system in the country. This is because the state is blessed with a 480-km-long coastline.

The conference organized by Chilika Development Authority (CDA), Forum for River and ocean Scientists and Technologists (FROST) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar focused on issues such as climate change, use of oceans as means of transport, shipping among others.

The aim is to bring scientists, technologists, administrators, and other stakeholders in the coastal and inland water sector under one roof to discuss various issues and potential solutions in the said field.

Present at the conference were MA Atmanand, Director of National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai, Prof RP Gokam, retired Professor of IIT Kharagpur who inaugurated the event, five more experts, out of which three are from abroad, and 50 scientists as well as technologists.

Sessions on climate issues, coastal shipping, coastal surveillance, coastal processes, inland and coastal vessels, and inland water transport will be held at the conference.

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