BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday underlined Odisha’s strategic benefit of lengthy shoreline and emphasised on port-led improvement via industrialization and connectivity as he chaired the primary assembly the of state Sagarmala committee.
Addressing the assembly over videoconference, the chief minister stated that the Sagarmala mission can additional allow Odisha to emerge as a significant logistics vacation spot. He additionally harassed on improvement of coastal neighborhood, a significant goal beneath the initiative.
The Sagarmala, an initiative of the Narendra Modi authorities goals port-led improvement and enchancment of waterways within the nation.
“Odisha has the benefit of being strategically situated with an extended shoreline. We’ve a wealthy cultural heritage of maritime commerce. We are able to turn out to be India’s gateway to South East Asian international locations. Aside from the Paradip Port, our authorities has been facilitating the event of varied ports all alongside Odisha’s shoreline,” stated Naveen.
Because the state meeting has not too long ago permitted the maritime board invoice, Naveen stated the state maritime board is predicted to be totally practical within the coming months, which can act as a catalyst for general improvement of the maritime sector within the state.
The maritime board shall be fashioned comprising whole 12 members with chief secretary of the state as its chairperson. The board will look into formulating coverage, tips and instructions for improvement of port sector within the state and different maritime actions
Odisha at current has three operational ports at Paradeep, Dhamara and Gopalpur whereas 4 extra non-major ports together with Subarnarekha, Astaranga, riverine port on Mahanadi in Kendrapada district and Jatadhar Muhan port are within the pipeline. Moreover, there are eight potential places for improvement of ports.
The chief minister requested for shut coordination with numerous departments and resolving the problems for well timed completion of initiatives beneath Sagarmala.
State commerce and transport minister Padmanabha Behera sought cooperation of the Centre for fulfillment of the programme within the state.
Official sources revealed that chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, in the course of the assembly, requested numerous state authorities departments to arrange initiatives in accordance with the rules of the
Centre and to position these for approval of the state authorities.
The Sagarmala initiative has imaginative and prescient for port led improvement throughout the coasts of India. A number of the goals of the mission embody port modernization, strengthening port connectivity, accelerating port-led industrialization and improvement of coastal neighborhood. Tasks beneath this programme will get 50% funding help from the Centre.
An official assertion stated, the state authorities has submitted whole 14 initiatives of varied departments earlier than the Centre of which solely two initiatives have been sanctioned which aimed to strengthen water transport service within the state.
Idco chairman-cum-managing-director Sanjay Singh stated three logistic park initiatives at Dhamara, Gopalpur and Subarnarekha are beneath preparation whereas the proposals shall be despatched quickly for Centre’s approval.