The Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has implemented several reforms and initiatives under the Sagarmala Program to enhance the socio-economic and regulatory environment of the maritime industry.
One such initiative is the use of floating jetties which provide various benefits, including being eco-friendly, having a longer life span, and offering modular construction. To promote tourism in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the Ministry has given in-principle approval for eight floating jetty projects, with four in each state.
In Karnataka, there will be a total of eleven floating jetty projects, primarily on Gurupura River and Netravati River, serving tourists at various locations.
In Tamil Nadu, four similar projects will be introduced to cater to visitors at spiritual and tourist destinations. The implementation of these projects will ensure safer and more convenient transportation for tourists while also supporting the upliftment of the coastal communities.
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal expressed his pleasure at this development as it will help strengthen connectivity and contribute to the socio-economic growth of these regions in Karnataka.
The Maritime India Vision (MIV) 2030 aims to lead India towards global leadership in the maritime industry. India has a prominent maritime sector with 12 main and over 200 secondary ports situated along a vast 7500 km coastline and an extensive network of navigable waterways.
The maritime industry profoundly influences the country’s trade and growth as 95% of trade volume and 65% of trade value are facilitated by maritime transportation. To advance India’s position in the global maritime industry, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has formulated MIV 2030.
This scheme is a comprehensive plan that will foster a coordinated and accelerated growth of India’s maritime sector over the next decade. Over 350+ public and private stakeholders who comprise ports, shipyards, inland waterways, trade unions, national and international industry experts, and legal professionals have given their input in the MIV 2030 formulation.