The shipping Ministry has identified ship repairing facilities of seven
ports for upgradation into modern units in collaboration with the Cochin
Union Shipping Ministry Joint Secretary, Sagarmala Wing, Rabindra Kumar
Agarwal said here, “It has been decided at last week’s meeting in Goa that
seven ports, which have ship repair facilities that need to be upgraded, should
enter into an understanding with Cochin Shipyard Limited for developing them
into a good ship repairing facility. He however did not name the seven ports
barring the ones in the west coast Kandla, Mumbai and Goa.
The respective ports and Cochin Shipyard would decide the modalities of
development, he said. Pandu (river port) in Assam, Mumbai, Goa, and Kandla are
among the identified ports where redevelopment of repairing facilities would be
done, Agarwal said on the sidelines of an event organised by Indian Chamber of
Commerce. The aim is to have enough such repairing facilities across states, he
said, adding that if ships are taken to longer distances for repairing works,
it entails additional costs.
He added that “There are existing facilities with the ports but their
utilisation came down over the years. Since there is space available, it will
be easier for us to develop them.”
On connecting North Eastern States, particularly Mizoram through Myanmar,
Agarwal said that it was for this the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport
Project (KMTTP) in Myanmar was conceptualised. It was being administered by the
Ministry of External Affairs with a view to facilitate connectivity between the
mainland and the Northeastern States of the Country through maritime shipping,
inland waterways and roads of Myanmar.