New Delhi: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for making the country self-sufficient in the maritime sector, saying that there is a huge potential for development in the marine production area due to the large coastal terrain, hence there is a dire need to use them with full potential.
Mr Modi, who inaugurated ‘Maritime India Summit 2021′ through video conferencing, asserted: “Ours is a Government that is investing in waterways in a way that was never seen before. Domestic waterways are found to be cost effective and environment friendly ways of transporting freight. We aim to operationalise 23 waterways by 2030.’
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,’ Mr Modi informed.
He announced that steps are also being taken to introduce urban water transport systems in key states and cities such as Kochi, Mumbai, Gujarat and Goa.
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 Aatmnirbhar Bharat, he said.
He noted that instead of a piecemeal approach focus is on the entire sector as one. He informed that capacity of major ports have increased from 870 million tonnes in 2014 to 1550 million tonnes now. 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’.