New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (March 2, 2021) inaugurated the ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ and stated that the Centre is aiming to operationalise 23 waterways by 2030.
Prime Minister Modi stated, “Ours is a Government that’s investing in waterways in a manner that was by no means seen earlier than. Domestic waterways are discovered to be cost-effective and atmosphere pleasant methods of transporting freight. We purpose to operationalise 23 waterways by 2030.”
He additionally identified that India has as many as 189 lighthouses throughout its huge shoreline and stated, “We have drawn up a programme for growing tourism within the land adjoining to 78 lighthouses. The key goal of this initiative is to improve the event of the prevailing lighthouses and its surrounding areas into distinctive maritime tourism landmarks.”
Addressing the Maritime India Summit 2021. Watch. https://t.co/uLEPnJFbkO
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 2, 2021
He introduced that steps are additionally being taken to introduce city water transport techniques in key states and cities equivalent to Kochi, Mumbai, Gujarat and Goa.
Speaking on the event, the Prime Minister additionally invited the world to come to India and be part of the nation’s progress trajectory.
“India could be very critical about rising within the maritime sector and rising as a number one Blue Economy of the world. Through the main focus areas of upgradation of infrastructure, boosting reform journey, India aims to strengthen the imaginative and prescient of Aatamnirbhar Bharat,” he stated.
He acknowledged that as an alternative of a piecemeal method, the main focus is on the whole sector as one.
The Prime Minister knowledgeable that the capability of main ports has elevated from 870 million tonnes in 2014 to 1550 million tonnes now. He additionally knowledgeable that mega ports with world-class infrastructure are being developed in Vadhavan, Paradip and Deendayal Port in Kandla.
He stated that the Centre has just lately widened the ambit of the maritime sector by renaming the Ministry of Shipping as Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways in order that work occurs in a holistic method.
PM Modi stated that the Ministry of Port Shipping and Waterways has created an inventory of 400 investable initiatives and that these initiatives have an funding potential of $ 31 billion (over Rs 2.25 lakh crores).