Sagarmala program: modernization of the maritime sector for smooth port operations

To give impetus to the building of a robust shipping industry and to ensure the advancement in maritime technology for smooth port operations, the Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, opened the National Technology Center for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC) at the Discovery Campus of the IIT Madras in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, recently.

The state-of-the-art NTCPWC will provide the maritime sector with the technology it needs to avoid turning to foreign experts to seek solutions to problems, confirming India’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat by 2047.

NTCPWC: Research & Development

Built with an investment of Rs 77 crore under the Sagarmala program, NTCPWC will operate as a research and development center to develop solutions that enable the modernization of the marine sector in India. “With the inauguration of this state-of-the-art center dedicated to the research and development of technological solutions to enable the growth of the marine sector, we move closer to realizing our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji’s vision of making India an Atmanirbhar country. The role of the marine sector is paramount in nation building. As we continue our journey to improve our performance, such centers will play a critical role in that regard,” Sonowal said.

To advance the goals of the Sagarmala program, NTCPWC is equipped with world-class capabilities to conduct 2D and 3D surveys of research and advisory nature for the port, coastal and waterway sectors in all disciplines.

Reinforcement for PM National Gati Shakti

“Our Sagarmala program is designed to transform the existing system to become world-class modern ports and fuel India’s growth engine,” said the minister, adding that India’s rich and talented pool of engineers and scientists will provide modern facilities Solutions to address dynamic challenges of the shipping industry.

Prime Minister National Gati Shakti has been given a huge boost in opening this center as it will enable the logistics sector to become efficient and cost-effective. NTCPWC could efficiently solve the industry’s problems with scientific support.

Under the Sagarmala program, 171 projects costing around Rs 10,900 have been funded by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

Out of 171 projects, 48 ​​projects valued at Rs 2,900 crore have been completed and 123 projects valued at Rs 8,000 crore are in various stages of development. The ministry has sanctioned Rs 2500 crore for 37 projects in FY2022-23 under the Sagarmala scheme.

Up to 52 projects costing about Rs.40,200 have been completed in major ports under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

Apart from that, Rs 530 crore has been invested by Sagarmala Development Company Limited for 4 projects in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal which have been completed.

According to the report released by the ministry, the total cargo handled in the ports in the 2022-23 fiscal year saw a growth of 8.6 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. This has helped India achieve forecasted $440 billion in merchandise exports for fiscal year 2022-23. Source: Financial Express

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