Govt taking several steps to boost shipping sector: Gadkari

April 9, 2015 10:03 am Published by

In order to boost the shipping sector, the Union government has taken several initiatives, such as facilitating the development of new ports, launching the ambitious Sagarmala project, and developing the inland waterways network, the Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister, Mr Nitin Gadkari, said.

Addressing the National Maritime Week function recently, Mr Gadkari said, “Two new ports are being set up at Dugarajapatnam and Sagar in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, respectively.”

The Cabinet had earlier approved this proposal at an investment of around Rs 15,820 crore, he said.

Sagarmala, the Minister highlighted, would give a major boost to the sector as it is aimed at not only “modernising the ports along India’s coastline, but also achieving rapid expansion and development of inland and coastal navigation by optimising the use of existing and future transport assets.”

Recently approved by the Cabinet, he said the project had been allocated Rs 200 crore for 2015-16.

In order to strengthen open river navigation techniques and hardware, including dredging, night navigation facilities, latest state-of-art terminals and modern channel-making methods, the Centre is pushing for the “Jal Marg Vikas”, an inland water transport project, according to the Minister.

Once the project is complete, it would provide assured depth of 3 metres for plying 1,500-2,000 DWT vessels for commercial navigation between Haldia and Allahabad. It would be implemented with financial assistance from the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 4,200 crore, the Minister said.

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