Mansukh Mandaviya chairs 18th meeting of Maritime State Development Council
Union Minister of State (I / C) for Ports, Navigation and Waterways Shri Mansukh Mandaviya today chaired the 18th Meeting of the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) by through a videoconference organized by the Ministry of Ports, Navigation and Waterways.
Addressing the council, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya said that the objective of the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) is to develop a national plan for the development of the maritime sector beneficial to the states and the center and to adopt best practices for the sector. He added that the development of the country depends on the development of states and that the MSDC is the best example of cooperative federalism. “In a dispersed manner, we cannot develop, united we can achieve,” added the Minister.
Stressing the need for the “Indian Port Bill 2021”, the Minister called on state governments to view the Indian Port Bill as a development issue and not as a political issue. He underlined that the “Indian Port Bill 2021” will facilitate optimal management and use of the coastline through the participation of both the Union government and the maritime states / Union territories. He assured the states that the Ministry of Ports, Navigation and Waterways will welcome any suggestions from states to develop a comprehensive port bill.
The Minister of MoPSW said: “The 18th Meeting of the Maritime State Development Council today discussed very important issues regarding the overall progress of the maritime sector. The central government and the state governments will work jointly on the development of the maritime sector, including several non- Our aspiration for growth, as envisioned by our Prime Minister, requires collective actions over time and MSDC is a platform active in discussing these issues. ”
The main items discussed during the meeting are the Indian Port Bill 2021, the National Maritime Heritage Museum (NMHC), rail and road connectivity with ports, floating jetties for maritime and seaplane operations, Sagarmala projects and National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) projects.
Indian Port Bill 2021: a step towards accelerating India’s port development
In fiscal year 2020, the traffic handled in Indian ports is around 1.2 billion tonnes, which is expected to increase to 2.5 billion tonnes by 2030. On the other hand, only a few ports in India have a deeper draft that can handle capsized ships. In addition, there are around 100 non-functioning ports spread across the Indian coast. The ever increasing size of ships requires ports with greater draft and, indeed, mega ports must be developed. Likewise, non-functional ports must also be prioritized and developed.
An integrated approach at the national level is needed to expand existing ports or develop new ports in an efficient and sustainable manner, which in turn will further reduce freight costs and improve trade growth. Integrated port planning at the national level is also highlighted in various reports, including “The World Bank Book on Port Reform, UNCTAD’s“ Handbook for Planners in Developing Countries ”, etc.
MSDC will advise on planning for all ports, including major ports. In addition, several conventions relating to safety, security and pollution prevention are incorporated into the IP 2021 bill for the implementation of all the requirements stipulated in these conventions by all ports.
NMHC – India’s First Maritime Heritage Complex
The National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) is to be developed as a world-class museum dedicated to India’s maritime heritage heritage, in an area of approximately 350 acres in Lothal, Gujarat. This maritime heritage complex would be developed as an international tourist destination with a maritime museum, a lighthouse museum, maritime theme parks, amusement parks, etc.
One of the main attractions of the NMHC is that it would have a flag for each coastal state and Union territory in order to showcase the maritime heritage of specific States and Union territories. During the meeting, Coastal States and TUs were invited to take responsibility for the development of their respective pavilion.
Improved port connectivity
Upgrading port connectivity is one of the key catalysts for ports, and MoPSW, through its key initiative, the Sagarmala program, is emphasizing port connectivity. MoPSW has undertaken 98 port-to-road connectivity projects worth Rs. 45,051 cr. with various implementing agencies such as MoRTH, major ports, maritime councils and national road development companies, of which 13 projects have been completed and 85 projects are in various stages of development and implementation. Likewise, 91 port-rail connectivity projects worth Rs. 75,213 Cr. have been taken over by MoPSW with Indian Railways, Major Ports and Maritime Boards, of which 28 projects have been completed and 63 projects are in various stages of development and implementation.
To resolve funding issues and for projects that are not suitable to develop in PPP mode, it is suggested that a special purpose vehicle (SPV) can be formed between state government, central government and private actors for which state governments are interested. / UTs is requested during the meeting.
Floating jetties for marine operations and seaplane services
Floating jetties are widely used in other countries. Floating jetties have unique advantages over conventional jetties, such as cost effectiveness, rapid construction, minimal environmental impact, flexibility of expansion and movement, suitable for locations with high tidal variation, etc.
The National Center of Technology for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), IIT Madras has been given the mandate to prepare the detailed project report for the development of over 150 floating jetties on the Indian coast and works are in progress. Classes. It is proposed to use the floating jetties mainly for fishing ports / fish landing centers and seaplane operations.
MoPSW informed that States / UTs are encouraged to explore the use of floating jetties / platforms for their project and requested States / UTs to identify more locations to develop floating jetties. Projects may be considered for funding from Sagarmala after formal approval of the proposal.
Strengthening Indian infrastructure through the Sagarmala program and the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP)
MoPSW has various infrastructure projects which are undertaken under the Sagarmala program and the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP).
MoPSW has offered to develop 802 projects worth Rs 5.53 lakh crore for implementation under the Sagarmala program. Of which 168 projects worth Rs. 87,000 crore have been completed and 242 projects worth Rs. 2.18 lakh crore is being implemented. Likewise, MoPSW manages 123 projects amounting to Rs. 1.28 Lakh cr. under the NIP initiated in 2020. In addition, there are 1226 projects under Sagartat Samriddhi Yojana for Coast-Led Prosperity, of which 192 projects are under implementation.
MoPSW has requested Coastal States / UTs to expedite the implementation of projects where the state government is the implementing agency, and financial support may be considered for central funding via grants from MoPSW or through equity financing through Sagarmala Development Company Ltd (SDCL).
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of MoPSW underlined the urgent and relevant need for infrastructure development, be it increased ports, multi-model connectivity via rail / road infrastructure and various project initiatives undertaken through Sagarmala, National Infrastructure Pipeline and Sagartat Samriddhi Yojana.
The meeting was attended by Shri. Ahmed Devarkoil, Minister of Ports, Kerala, Thiru EVVelu, Minister of Public Works, Tamil Nadu, Shri Aslam Sheikh, Minister of Textile, Fisheries and Port Development, Maharashtra, Shri Michael Lobo, Minister of Science and Technology , Waste Management, RDA and Ports, Goa, Shri. Mekapati Goutham Reddy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Information Technology, Andhra Pradesh, Shri. Padmanabh Behera, Planning & Convergence, Commerce & Transport, Odisha, Admiral DK Joshi (retired), Lieutenant Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as state representatives. The meeting was also attended by representatives and officials from allied ministries.
(With inputs from GDP)