The Karnataka government will soon publish its marine policy

According to Gaurav Gupta, additional chief secretary of the Department of Energy and Infrastructure Development in Karnataka, the Karnataka government plans to publish the state marine policy soon.

Speaking to delegates at the CII-Karnataka Ports Conference 2023 in virtual mode in Mangaluru on Friday, he said, “We formulated the Karnataka Maritime Policy with the vision of developing the port sector and it should be published shortly. “

CII-Karnataka organized the conference on “Ports – Backbone of Indian Economy and Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.

He said Karnataka is preparing to upgrade port infrastructure and integrate it with last mile and hinterland link development.

He explained that projects worth more than ₹1,000 crore are planned as part of the Sagarmala project in Karnataka and said that 26 maritime improvement projects have been approved.

The Karnataka government intends to develop Keni-Belekeri in Uttara Kannada district into a major port of the state.

The state government is working closely with all stakeholders on the Hubli-Ankola railway line and is considering upgrading the infrastructure as part of the HMRDC (Hassan Mangalore Railway Development Company) Ltd.

Shipbuilding also received a boost as the Udupi Cochin Shipyard started its production activities in the Udupi district. He said this would help deliver first class vessels from Karnataka.

On the occasion, AV Ramana, chairman of the New Mangalore Port Authority (NMPA), said that the port will start handling iron ore starting this fiscal year.

NMPA made a conscious decision to transport iron ore exclusively via railroad screens to reduce environmental problems and road damage, he said.

The port would use the services of a handling company to load iron ore into barges from the port and offload it onto ships anchored at the outer anchorage. This would help reduce pollution at the port, he added.

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