New Delhi: In a written reply to a question in Parliament today, the Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemical & Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya, stated that an Action Plan for Coastal Shipping has been prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September, 2019. This action plan includes recommendations with respect to infrastructure creation required to increase the use of coastal shipping in India.
Mandaviya said that Master Planning of 12 major ports has been carried out and 95 capacity expansion and port modernisation projects have been identified. Major ports capacity has been re-rated with respect to global benchmarks as per berthing policy 2016, and effective capacity has increased by 293 MTPA after re-rating.
Global benchmarks have been adopted to improve the efficiency and productivity for major ports and 116 initiatives have been identified to unlock 100 MTPA of capacity at major ports.
The Minister said that the Ministry of Shipping has approved 67 projects (cost: Rs. 5,702 Crore) under Sagarmala Program for financial assistance of Rs. 1,491 Crore to improve port infrastructure and port connectivity.
Mandaviya said an analysis of nationwide end-to-end logistics flows of all key commodities (~85% of all commodities) at ports was carried out based on which the National Perspective Plan (NPP) for the Sagarmala Program was prepared in April 2016. As part of the NPP, a roadmap is developed for increasing Indian port capacity to 3,300+ MTPA by 2025.
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