Floating jetties are a game changer for the tourism industry. It is one of the key initiatives of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) under the Sagarmala program to promote and develop a unique and innovative concept of floating jetties that will provide an alternative solution to India’s overcrowded small ports with fishing and tourism related activities as per Department of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
In Karnataka, seven floating dock projects on the Gurupura River and the Netravati River were recently approved by the Ministry. Located at Sulthan Bathery, Bandaru Ferry, Sandpit Bengre, Northern Sandbar, Old Port, Jeppinamogaru Old Ferry and Kasaba Bengre, these projects will boost tourism, create jobs and generate wealth in all industries across the geographic region.
Rural areas will benefit the most from the improved regional infrastructure and job opportunities brought about by tourism-related development projects.
“These projects have been funded 100 percent at Rs. 26 crore by the ministry under the Sagarmala scheme,” the ministry added
Sarbananda Sonowal said: “The government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji is committed to the ideals of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayaas’ to establish an Aatmanirbhar Bharat and accordingly various initiatives are being implemented across the country to install such.” You Sagarmala.
“There are 27 projects in Karnataka worth Rs. 1,428 crore of which the total funds sanctioned by Sagarmala for these projects is Rs. 611 million. As of now, 3 projects worth Rs. 70 Crore have been successfully completed. 18 projects worth Rs. 650 crore have been sanctioned for the Karnataka Maritime Board,” said Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister, MoPSW.
Floating docks have a wide range of applications including marinas, smaller harbours, fishing ports, fishing landing centers and water dromes. These have several advantages over traditional walkways, including environmental friendliness, longer durability and ease of reconfiguration.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has successfully implemented a number of pilot projects in the recent past, following international guidelines. These include the construction of passenger floating pontoons in Goa, seaplane bases on the Sabarmati River and Sardar-Sarovar Dam (for the seaplane services) which are achieving the best results.
More than 80 similar Ministry projects are in various stages of development along the coast of Karnataka to develop and strengthen the coastal community as a whole.