To harness the coastline,
14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key
international maritime trade routes, the Government of India has embarked on
the ambitious Sagarmala Programme to promote port-led development in the country.
The vision of the Programme is to reduce logistics cost of EXIM and domestic
trade with minimal infrastructure investment. This includes reducing the cost
of transporting domestic cargo; lowering logistical cost of bulk commodities by
locating future industrial capacities near the coast; improving export
competitiveness by developing port proximate discrete manufacturing clusters,
etc. The Sagarmala programme has identified 504 projects under four pillars –
211 port modernization projects, 199 port connectivity projects, 32 port-led
industrialization projects and 62 coastal community development projects which
can unlock the opportunities for port-led development and are expected to
mobilize more than Rs. 3.57 Lac Cr of infrastructure investment.
In the last 15 months
(July 2019 – October 2020), 20 Sagarmala projects worth Rs. 4,543 crore have
been completed which comprise 9 projects of Port Modernization worth Rs.
1,405crore, 7 Port Connectivity projects worth Rs. 2,799 crore and 4
Coastal Community Development projects worth Rs. 339 crore.
Ghogha - Hazira RoPAX
Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ro-Pax terminal at Hazira and flagged off the
Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha in Gujarat through video
conferencing, on 8th November, 2020.A new maritime connectivity has been
established between Bhavnagar and Surat of Gujarat. The service between Hazira
and Ghogha will shorten the journey from 10-12 hours to 3-4 hours. This will
save time and cost will also be reduced.
New name of the Ministry
In the inauguration of
Ghogha-HAzira RoPax Ferry, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced the new
name of Ministry of Shipping as Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
First Seaplane of India
started its operation from Statue of Unity,Kevadiya to Sabarmati River in
India’s first Seaplane Service operation inaugurated by Prime
Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 31st October,2020, between Kevadia
and Sabarmati River front in Ahmedabad. The innovative floating jetties made
of concrete is installed by the Inland Water Authority of India to support
the seaplane operations. Ministry intends to gauge the interest of airline
operators who is interested in the operation of the Seaplane
services on the select routes. The key focus is to ensure faster and
hassle-free travel of passengers, tourists and pilgrims through seaplanes
to destinations which are currently accessible through long and tortuous