Home Minister Shri
Rajnath Singh and Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and
Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari
inaugurated an alternate sea route to Baratang Island and laid the foundation
stone for extension of dry dock in Port Blair, extension of wharf in Hope Town and
construction of an additional jetty along with extension of Berthing Jetty in
Neil Island at an event in Port Blair in A&N Islands yesterday. Minister of
State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Lt. Governor of A &
N Islands Prof. Jagdish Mukhi were also present on the occasion.
In his address
the Home Minister, lauding the efforts of Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, said
that the country, under the dynamic leadership of PM Modi, will emerge as one
of the top three economies by 2025-30 though now it is only in the top ten
economies of the world.
He also drew
attention to the fact that A & N Islands had only one national highway but
in the last three years, 7 NHs have come up there adding that the ‘blue
economy’ which thrives in A & N Islands contributes about one trillion
dollars to the economy.
Speaking on the
occasion Shri Gadkari explained the advantages A & N Islands will gain by
the projects now initiated. Ships can be repaired there instead of them sending
them elsewhere which is costly. The potentials of these islands can be
exploited to build ships with private investments and in fact, shipping
ministry is focussing on ‘Make in India’ programme under the Sagarmala Project.
Efforts are on to bring in new technology for manufacturing ships in the
the shipping sector, Shipping Minister said that the islands will have 14 new
ships as the existing ships are old and have to be replaced. On power
generation, he remarked that diesel generated power causes environmental
pollution and to curb the pollution, the other renewable energies like solar
and wind power must be explored and there are plans to set up LNG and CNG based
power in the islands soon.
The other areas
he touched upon are cruise terminals to boost tourism in the Islands and sea
fishing and deep-sea fishing adding that the Government is committed for
infrastructure and overall development, job creation and welfare of the islands
which is located away from mainland..
of State for Home, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir reiterated the commitment of the
Central Government towards the development of A & N Islands and explained
the immense benefits the Islands will have of the projects.
The inaugurated new sea route to Baratang will
be an alternative to the NH-4 route that linked Baratang to Port Blair, passing
through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. This sea route will thus help promote tourism
without disturbing the tribal areas.
The extension of
wharf in Hope Town will enable bigger vessels to berth and since they will
bring more petroleum products, the costs will come down. And the project is
expected to be completed by February 2018.
construction of additional approach jetty and extension of existing jetty at
Neil Island would help in accommodating more than one ship; moreover, dredging
upto 5m would make it possible for bigger ships to berth with more cargo like
vegetables. This would help in economic development of the area by promoting
tourism and would also help in optimal utilization of available
resources. The project is expected to be complete by March 2018.
The extension of
Dry Dock –II at Port Blair will help augment the available ship building and
ship repair facilities. The project is expected to be complete by