With the focus on promoting port-led-development in India, Rs 600 crore has been allocated for the Sagarmala programme in 2017-18. The flagship programme of the Ministry of Shipping, it encompasses capacity expansion and modernisation of ports along India’s coastline, enhancement of port connectivity to the hinterland, port led-industrialisation to promote trade, and sustainable development of coastal communities.
Maharashtra is set to get its third large port soon with the Central Government giving its nod for development of a new shipping terminal near Dahanu, about 150 km from Mumbai, for about Rs 2,500 crore.
Rs 4 lakh crore spent in the past two and a half years towards building world-class highways and shipping infrastructure in the country, indicate reports. While the ministry has spent about Rs 3 lakh 17 thousand crore to build a total of 14,594 km and award 21,247 km of national highways, the shipping ministry has spent about Rs 80,000 crore for various projects aimed at modernising and mechanising the shipping sector and making it more efficient.