Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal chaired a mid-term review meeting in New Delhi to assess 162 projects with an investment of ₹1 trillion as part of the ‘PM Maritime Amritkaal Vision’ with the goal of making India a global maritime leader by 2047. The meeting involved top officials of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, including Ministers Shripad Naik and Shantanu Thakur, and examined the progress of various programs, including Sagarmala. Sonowal emphasized the need for a comprehensive approach to achieve the vision, including the development of Green Tugs and a Green Hydrogen Hub at major ports.
The meeting also discussed the outcome of the Global Maritime India Summit 2023, where 360 MoUs were signed with an investment of ₹10 trillion. The establishment of Green Hydrogen Hubs at major ports and the development of Green Tugs at Cochin Shipyard were highlighted as key initiatives to drive India’s maritime sector growth. The meeting also focused on the improvement of positions in the World Port Ranking and the completion of 177 projects at major ports in FY-2022-23. Plans for various port projects, such as Vadhavan Port and Multi Cargo Berths at Tuna Tekra, were also addressed.
The review meeting underscored the progress made under the ‘Panch Karma Sankalp’ announced during the ‘Chintan Shivir’ in May 2023, highlighting the development of Green Hydrogen Hubs at major ports and the construction of Green Tugs at Cochin Shipyard. The meeting also focused on the completion of 177 projects at major ports in FY-2022-23, with 162 projects currently at various stages of implementation. Further, the meeting highlighted the growth of the Indian seafarer population and the development of vital infrastructure projects, such as the Third Dry Dock Project at Cochin Shipyard and the International Ship Repair Facility. Additionally, the meeting addressed the successful launch of an international ferry service between India and Sri Lanka and the implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).