The Central Government has decided to develop Mega Ports with World Class
Infrastructure in Kandla (Deendayal) in Gujarat, Greenfield port Vadhavan near
Maharashtra Gujarat border and Paradip port in Odissa, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi announced . He however did not spell out the size, cargo handling capacity
and the infrastructure facilities to be created in these mega ports.
( Mundra in Gujarat situated close to Kandla port has already emerged as
the country's largest cargo handling port in the country)
Govt to install
solar and wind-based power systems at all the major ports
The Government is in the process of installing solar and wind-based power
systems at all the major ports across the country and aims to increase usage of
renewable energy to more than 60 per cent of total energy by 2030 in three
phases across Indian ports.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’
through video conferencing on March second.
World invited to be
a part of India’s growth trajectory
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister invited the world to come to
India and be a part of India’s growth trajectory. India is very serious about
growing in the maritime sector and emerging as a leading Blue Economy of the
world. Through the focus areas of upgradation of infrastructure, boosting
reform journey, India aims to strengthen the vision of Aatamnirbhar
Bharat, he said.
A list of 400
investable projects by Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways
The Prime Minister informed that the Ministry of Port Shipping and
Waterways has created a list of 400 investable
projects. These projects have an investment potential of $ 31 billion or
Rs 2.25 lakh crores. Talking about the Maritime
India Vision 2030, Prime Minister said It outlines the priorities of the
Indian ports now have measures such as: Direct port Delivery, Direct Port
Entry and an upgraded Port Community System (PCS) for easy data flow. Our ports
have reduced waiting time for inbound and outbound cargo. Instead of a
piecemeal approach focus is on the entire sector as one, he said
To develop tourism
adjacent to lighthouses
He also pointed out that India has as many as 189 lighthouses across its
vast coastline. “We have drawn up a programme for developing tourism in the
land adjacent to 78 lighthouses. The key objective of this initiative is to
enhance development of the existing lighthouses and its surrounding areas into
unique maritime tourism landmarks”,
The Government of India is also focusing on the domestic ship building and
ship repair market. To encourage domestic shipbuilding approval has been given
to the Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy for Indian Shipyards.
The Sagar-Manthan: Mercantile
Marine Domain Awareness Centre
has also been launched today. It is an information system for enhancing
maritime safety, search and rescue
capabilities, security and marine environment protection.
Ship repair clusters
to be developed by 2022
Ship repair clusters will be developed along both coasts by 2022. Domestic
ship recycling industry will also be promoted to create 'Wealth from Waste'.
India has enacted Recycling of Ships Act, 2019 and agreed to the Hong Kong
International Convention. He added that the Government is keen to promote the
use of renewable energy in the maritime sector.
coastline awaits you
The Prime Minister concluded with exhortation to the global investors
“India’s long coastline awaits you. India’s hardworking people await you.
Invest in our ports. Invest in our people. Let India be your preferred trade
destination. Let Indian ports be your port of call for trade and commerce.”