Union Minister of Ports, Navigation and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said the northeast will become the engine for the country’s growth and that the port of Syama Prasad Mookerjee (SPMP) in Kolkata will play a central role in terms of “profitable” import and export through national waterways.
Speaking at a press conference at the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Trust (SPMPT), Sonowal said: towards Sadiya has been declared the No. 2 National Waterway) and 16 Waterways (the Barak River, which is the second largest river in the northeast region) with the port of Syama Prasad Mookerjee in Kolkata. It will connect to the Bay of Bengal.
While announcing several projects along the Brahmaputra River and the Barak Valley through the SPMP, he said: âThe northeastern states are developing today thanks to the sincere and dedicated efforts of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We are committed to advancing its vision and mission to make SPMP a world class port so that it can give mileage to import and export prospects. It will also help us to create profitable waterways with our neighboring countries like Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. “
During the day, the Union Minister inaugurated various projects worth Rs 354 crore and said: âIt is an honor for me to be here at the SPMP. This port is a pride of India and plays an important role in the development of the nation. I am sure that in the future, with the support of the people of West Bengal, this port will be equipped with more advanced technologies which will add more power to India’s waterway transport system. This port will help us to make India self-sufficient.
He said: âI would like to ask all state governments including the government of West Bengal to send their waterways proposal and I promise that we will do so in the interests of nation building. . Our northeastern states were neglected, but after Modi ji’s arrival he worked hard for the development of the northeastern states.
On the projects of Sagarmala, he assured that all the pending works will soon be completed and stressed good coordination between the maritime service and the customs service for better import and export opportunities for trading houses.
The Sagarmala program is the flagship program of the Ministry of Maritime Navigation to promote port-led development in the country, keeping in mind India’s 7,517 km of coastline. It aims to modernize various ports in India, so that the waterways can be increased and the coasts can be developed to contribute to the growth of India.
Meanwhile, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) signed the âConcession Agreementâ with SPMP to undertake the development and use of the three existing dry docks at Khidderpore in Kolkata.
The project plans to modernize, operate and manage the infrastructure of these docks for their efficient use. The agreement was signed in the presence of Sonowal and other senior GRSE officials.
As part of Maritime India’s investment promotion activity, the agreement will play an important role in the growth of GRSE and SPMP. It will also generate revenue from the repair and refit of vessels in the Defense and Commercial segments, primarily in the Eastern region.
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