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Shipping Minister Mandavia suggests monitoring of Martime Training institutes to ensure cadets get placement

Shipping minister Mansukh Mandavia favoured monitoring of Maritime Training Institutes in the country to ensure placement of cadets passing out from them. He also suggested that cadets and trainee nautical officers should be given adequate opportunities for on board training in Merchant navy ships.

The minister was talking to newspersons after visiting the Kolkata port and the GR jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India on January eleventh while on an official visit to Kolkatta and Haldia ports. He will be visiting the Haldia port on January 12th

Mr.Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port. He flagged off the state-of-theľart Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of Kolkata Port.  The launch is fitted with hull mounted inboard transducers and equipped with modern survey software for online data acquisition and processing along with AIS and radar. 

At the G.R. Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India the shipping minister flagged off the IWAI tug vessel which has a capacity for towing 2 vessels of 1000 tonnes each. He also surveyed the ongoing work on National Waterways-I from G.R. Jetty to Howrah Bridge.

Briefing the media Mr Mandavia said that the Ministry is going to start Ro-Ro Ferry Services from BISN Jetty to Botanical Garden/Falta and BISN Jetty to Sankrail Jetty which will be a boon for the people of the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata.

He called upon the officials of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to work towards connecting the North Eastern Region to the rest of the country through waterways. 

Mr Mandavia also reviewed the ongoing projects of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) in the state of West Bengal. He directed the officers to expedite the works of delayed projects and give proper attention to land acquisition matters in close coordination with the concerned Revenue Officers for timely delivery of the project for the benefit of the people of the state.

Mr Mandavia is scheduled to visit Haldia Dock Complex of Kolkata Port Trust at Haldia on January 12.


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