Seven new major ports to come up
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.