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
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.