Shipping’s Sagarmala programme sailing towards a Vibrant Gujarat
Mr Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of
State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, inaugurated the
state-of-the-art exhibition display of the Ministry’s ambitious Sagarmala
programme at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit, 2017 on Tuesday.
Also present on the occasion was Mr Rabindra Agarwal, IAS, Joint Secretary,
Ministry of Shipping, among other dignitaries.
The central focus of the 8th edition
of the Global Summit, organised by the Gujarat government and which was
inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, is "Sustainable
Economic and Social Development".
Gujarat has been at the forefront of
maritime development in India, under the guidance of the state’s Gujarat
Maritime Board (GMB). Under the Sagarmala programme, more than 40 projects, with
an estimated cost of approximately Rs 85,000 crore, have been identified across
the four pillars of port modernisation and new port development, port
connectivity enhancement, port-led industrial development, and coastal community
A) Port modernisation:
Projects have been identified for capacity augmentation at existing ports,
especially Kandla, to meet the future growth in cargo volumes. These include
mechanisation of the cargo handling process, development of multi-purpose berths
and setting up of barge and coastal jetties, to name a few.
B) Port connectivity:
For enhancing port connectivity to the hinterland and creating an optimal mode
of evacuation to/from ports, connectivity projects have been identified. These
* Port-rail connectivity projects,
including connection of western DFC to Hazira, Pipavav and Mundra; providing
broad gauge rail linkages to Old Bedi port, and other internal rail connectivity
projects for Kandla Port.
* Port-road connectivity projects
like constructing alternative road from Bhavnagar to Sosiya-Alang Ship Recycling
Yard, and other internal port road connectivity projects.
* Freight expressway: Connecting
Sarkhej in Ahmedabad to Mundra and Pipavav.
* Expansion of Salaya Mathura
C) Port-led industrialisation:
To leverage the ports for aiding industrialisation and facilitating
export-oriented manufacturing in the state, 7 projects have been identified.
* Building major industrial clusters
like petrochemical cluster, cement cluster, an export-based apparel cluster in
Saurashtra, an auto cluster in Sanand, a marble-based furniture hub in Kutch,
and a maritime cluster in Gujarat.
* Development of a coastal economic
unit (CEU) at Kandla.
D) Coastal community development:
To ensure sustainable socio-economic development in the state, projects have
been identified for development of coastal community. These include:
* Development of Gujarat Maritime
* Dredging for Ro-Pax ferry services
between Gogha and Dahej in the Gulf of Cambay.
* Training programme for skill
development/capacity building of workers involved in ship recycling activities
* Dedicated coastal berth for
passenger/cargo by sea at Porbandar port.
Sagarmala, an initiative of the
Ministry of Shipping, is a strategic plan to promote port-led development in
India. It aims to leverage the country’s 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of
potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international
maritime trade routes. Sagarmala will also boost development of the coastal
economy, save logistics costs and balance modal mix for cargo movement, leading
to growth in the manufacturing sector and facilitating "ease of doing
business", highlighted a release.
News Service - Gandhinagar,