Union Minister of Shipping and Deputy Prime Minister of Maharashtra conduct joint review of port-related Sagarmala projects

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal had a joint review meeting with Devendra Fadnavis, Deputy Prime Minister of Maharashtra. During this meeting, Sonowal and Fadnavis gave a detailed overview of various projects related to ports and the shipping sector in Maharashtra under the Sagarmala program of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

The meeting also focused on matters related to Vandhavan (Palghar) and the Port of Mumbai and the establishment of the Pavilion of the Coastal State of Maharashtra at the National Maritime Heritage Complex in Lothal.

Discussing the completion of the Sagarmala projects in the state of Maharashtra, Sonowal mentioned, “Immediate attention is needed to expedite the completion of 14 Sagarmala projects that have been delayed in Maharashtra for almost a year.” By prioritizing these action items we can we will contribute significantly to the successful completion of the Sagarmala projects in Maharashtra, promote economic growth and improve the maritime infrastructure in the region. ”

It should be noted that there are 126 projects worth Rs. 1.13.285 cr. as part of the Sagarmala program planned across Maharashtra. Of those 126 projects, 46 projects were worth ~Rs. 2333 cr. are partially funded by MoPSW and of these are 37 projects valued at 1,387 Cr. are under the government of the state of Maharashtra. Around 9 projects worth 279 Cr rupees have been completed while 18 projects worth 777 Cr rupees are under implementation and 10 projects
worth Rs 331 Cr are under development.

The detailed discussions were also held on the VAT exemption/relief for bunker fuel in RoRo/RoPax/passenger ferry operations in Maharashtra, which accounts for over 20% of fuel costs for ferry operations.

The discussion also included the development of the upcoming Vandhavan port in Maharashtra. Vandhavan has a natural draft of over 18m which would allow very large container and cargo ships to call at the port, enhancing efforts to make India a key destination for major shipping companies and providing the capacity needed to accommodate future freight growth in the hinterland served at the port.

While Sonowal said that the successful completion of the Sagarmala projects in Maharashtra will boost economic growth and improve maritime infrastructure, Fadnavis pledged to resolve various issues related to the projects and speed up their implementation as soon as possible.

Sonowal said, “In line with our Prime Minister’s vision, it has been proposed that a ‘Coastal States Pavilion’ be developed in the National Maritime Heritage Complex to celebrate the maritime activities of the country’s coastal states.” Here, Maharashtra has a unique opportunity to showcase its rich maritime heritage that would be state-sponsored and to which the Maharashtra government can make a significant contribution.”

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