Seven new ma­jor ports to come up

Cargo Talk - - Ports -

Gov­ern­ment is mulling to ex­pand the net­work of ma­jor ports in or­der to cater in­creas­ing global trade from In­dia. Nitin Gad­kari, Union Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port, High­ways and Ship­ping, while high­light­ing the re­cent de­vel­op­ment in the ports sec­tor, said that the Union Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to open up seven new ma­jor ports in ad­di­tion to 12 ex­ist­ing ma­jor ports, out of which one will be based in Ben­gal, namely Sa­gar Port and the other will be in Da­hanu in Ma­ha­rash­tra to be opened up jointly for Ma­ha­rash­tra and Ker­ala. He said that the works on th­ese two projects have al­ready be­gun.

Gad­kari also re­leased a vi­sion doc­u­ment at the 16th meet­ing of Mar­itime States De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (MSDC) held on Au­gust 24, 2015. Re­leas­ing the vi­sion doc­u­ment, the Min­is­ter said that in or­der to in­crease the share of coastal ship­ping in mo­dal cargo mix to 10 per cent by 2019-20, the Min­istry has pre­pared a vi­sion for coastal ship­ping and re­gional de­vel­op­ment in con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers along with an ac­tion plan to achieve the ob­jec­tives.

The Min­is­ter ex­pressed con­fi­dence that in the next five years the share of coastal ship­ping in trans­porta­tion of do­mes­tic trade will in­crease. aligned with ro­bust pro­cesses, ex­cel­lent staff and good qual­ity in­for­ma­tion shar­ing. But in­vest­ing in in­fras­truc­ture and soft­ware is es­sen­tial, if mod­ern port op­er­a­tors want to meet the de­mands of their cus­tomers and be well placed to deal with the chal­lenges and trends of the ship­ping industry.

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