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ship building: Ship building and repair clusters will be developed in coastal cities: Sonowal

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Ship building and repair clusters will be set up in Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Gujarat, Goa, Vishakhapatnam, Andaman and Nicobar, and Odisha, Union Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said Tuesday. Speaking at the Deloitte India Government Summit 2023, he also said the India Middle East Europe Economic Corridor (IMEEC) plan will encompass building next generation mega ports in India. He listed the Vadhavan and Tuna Tekra development as key projects to support IMEEC.

“Ship building and repair clusters will emerge in strategic locations such as Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Gujarat, Goa, Vishakhapatnam, Andaman and Nicobar, and Odisha,” he said while adding that autonomous vessel technology is a growing field in the country. “We are proud to lead the way with the delivery of autonomous electric barges to Norway by Cochin Shipyard Ltd. This stride in technology will redefine the maritime industry’s future,” Sonowal said.

The India Middle East Europe Economic Corridor (IMEEC) was announced during the G-20 summit in New Delhi. Commenting on how this plan will be connecting India to the Middle East and Europe through shipping lines, he said this will encompass building next generation mega ports. “Vadhavan and Tuna Tekra development will be key projects to support IMEEC,” Sonowal said.

India is presently working on a Rs 76,000 crore plan for developing the Vadhavan port in Dahanu, Maharashtra. The project has prospects of achieving throughput of 308 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in 2040. Besides this, the Tuna Tekra development is a Rs 4,200 crore container terminal being set up in Kandla, Gujarat.

Under the Maritime India Vision 2047, Deendayal and Tuna Tekra Port cluster and Jawaharlal Nehru – Vadhavan Port cluster are to be developed as Mega Ports with capacity of more than 500 MTPA.

“As part of our island development programme, Galathea Bay in Andaman and Nicobar will be developed as an international container transhipment port. These projects can truly change the maritime landscape of the region,” Sonowal added.The Galathea Bay transhipment hub will be developed at a total cost of Rs 44,000 crore.
He also said that present ports are being augmented to handle cruise call. “A well defined and consistent cruise tourism policy will be established in line with international standards and practices,” Sonowal said.

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