The government says 70 projects worth Rs 2,856 Cr have been sanctioned under the Sagarmala scheme

Under the Sagarmala scheme, 70 projects worth Rs 2,856 crore have been sanctioned, of which 15 projects worth Rs 849 crore have been completed, Parliament was informed on Friday. Under the Sagarmala scheme, 70 projects worth Rs 2,856 crore have been approved for the development of coastal moorings, roll-on, roll-off, passenger docks etc.

In a written response to the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said various initiatives and projects have been undertaken to facilitate the shift of cargo from conventional land-based transport to coastal shipping mode.

A 40 percent rebate is being offered by major ports on vessel and freight-related fees for coastal carriers, Sonowal added.

He said the green channel clearance was introduced to evacuate coastal cargo in ports more quickly.

According to the minister, the projects to improve first and last mile road and rail connectivity with all major and non-major ports for faster cargo traffic have also been identified.

Sonowal said the GST on bunker fuels used in Indian-flagged ships has been reduced from 18 percent to 5 percent.

The Sagarmala program is the Ministry of Port Shipping and Waterways’ flagship program to promote port-centric development in the country through the utilization of India’s 7,500 km of coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes.

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