The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways in order to bring the concept of ‘Waste to Wealth’ in the dredging sector has issued addendum to the Dredging Guidelines for Major Ports 2021. This will make provision for use of dredging material for beneficial purposes in bidding process with necessary clearance from the authorities.
The Dredging Guidelines for Major Ports were announced in 2021. The Guidelines includes latest technological systems on survey and investigations recommended for capital dredging projects.
The guidelines directed to work out dredging cost scientifically taking into consideration the operation cost and the mobilization & demobilization along with other cost of dredgers. Guideline further directed to engage two different agencies for Project Management Consultancy and Third Party Survey to avoid conflict of interest.
With this addendum to the previous Guidelines, the beneficial use of dredged material has to be adequately explored and accordingly the concept of ‘Waste to Wealth’ in the dredging sector has been highlighted, which is now being issued to the Major Ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), and Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) which are under administrative control of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
The Addendum to the Dredging Guidelines outlines the wide range of beneficial use of dredged material including engineering use for construction purposes, environmental enhancement including beach nourishment etc. There is need for extensive study of the characteristics of the dredged soil with Geo technical data of the dredging area of the dredging project.
Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal highlighted that ‘the implementation of the dredging project with beneficial use of dredged material, is expected to bring down the cost of the dredging and also ensure environment sustainability as per the concept of ‘Waste to Wealth’ and the mantra of 3R – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle given by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’.
The Dredging companies may undertake the disposal of the dredged material while promoting the concept of Waste to Wealth.