Focus, zeal, vigour - these qualities, incredibly evident in this minister, have contributed to his extensive mandate. Indeed, Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, has been on a development spree; testament to this is the progress in the roads sector.
Under the Sagarmala Programme, 415 projects, at an estimated investment of approximately Rs 8 lakh crore, have been identified across port modernisation and new port development, port connectivity enhancement, port-linked industrialisation and coastal community development for phase-wise implementation over the period 2015 to 2035.
"Application of the mind with appropriate technical skills is very important while dealing with port projects. Here, engineers often encounter unique problems with no precedent or reference. Only presence of mind and common sense will help them find a solution," asserts Guruprasad Rai, Chief Engineer, Cochin Port Trust.