The Ministry of Shipping’s flagship programme for port-led-prosperity
‘Sagarmala’ received the ‘Gold Award’ in infrastructure sector in
the recently concluded 52nd Skoch Summit 2018in New
Delhi, recognizing the programmes’ contribution to India’s socio-economic transformation and its role in propelling fast-track
growth and infrastructure development, says a release.
The Sagarmala Programme also received
the ‘Order of
Merit’ at the Summit. The
Secretary (Shipping) Sh. Gopal Krishna shared the award with Minister for
Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Develooment and
Ganga Rejuvenation Shri. Nitin Gadkari today 27 June 2018.
The Skoch Awards recognize leadership and
excellence in accelerating socio-economic changes. These awards have become a
benchmark of best practices in India in the fields of governance,
infrastructure, finance, banking, technology, corporate citizenship, economics
and inclusive growth.
The Joint Secretary (Sagarmala), Ministry of Shipping,
Sh. Kailash Kumar Aggarwal received the award from Shri Sameer Kochar,
Chairman, Skoch Group and Shri Gopal Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping,
who was the Chief Guest at the valedictory session of the awards ceremony.
The ‘Order of
Merit’ was received by Shri. Abhishek Chandra, Deputy Secretary (Sagarmala)
Ministry of Shipping.
Sagarmala is the flagship programme of the
Ministry of Shipping for port-led-development of the country hinges on four
pillars, namely; Port Modernization, Port Connectivity, Port-linked
Industrialization and Coastal Community Development.
The programme aims to double the share of domestic
waterways (inland & coastal) in the modal mix, generate logistic cost
savings of Rs. 35,000-40,000 Cr per annum, boost merchandize exports by USD 110
Billion and enable creation of 1 Crore new jobs, including 40 Lac direct jobs,
in the next 10 years.
Under Sagarmala programme, more than
576 projects with an estimated project cost of Rs. 8.7 Lac Crore have been
identified for implementation over 20 years. Development would be done across
areas of port modernization and new port development, enhancing connectivity of
ports, industrialization linked to ports and coastal community development.
Out of 576 projects identified, 69 projects
worth over Rs. 13,500 Crore have already been completed so far and another 424
projects worth over Rs. 4.1 Lac Crore are under various stages of
implementation and development. Around 97 projects worth over Rs. 38,000 Crore
are expected to be completed this year.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri
Narendra Modi, had given its ‘in-principle’ approval for the concept and
institutional framework of Sagarmala Project on 25th May 2015.
The National Perspective Plan (NPP) was released by the Prime Minister Sh.
Narendra Modi during the inaugural Maritime India Summit held in April 2016, in