PM virtually inaugurates Maritime India Summit 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ through video conferencing this week.
The summit witnessed more than 1.7 lakh registered participants from more than 100 nations.
Maritime India Summit aims to explore the potential business opportunities in the Indian maritime sector and the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme. A series of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in the ports and shipping sector is under consideration.
As we reported earlier, the government has come up with the Maritime India Vision 2030, and over 50 initiatives have been identified to ensure smart operations of ports. Additionally, the government is looking at building maritime industrial clusters, port cities, green and sustainable water transport are the areas being looked at.
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The Prime Minister also unveiled the e-plaque of Sagar Manthan:Mercantile Maritime Domain Awareness Centre(MM-DAC), an information system for enhancing maritime safety, search and rescue capabilities, security and marine environment protection.
At the conference, Modi said that the capacity of major ports have increased from 870 million tonne (mt) in 2014 to 1,550 mt in 2021. Ports in India now have measures such as Direct port Delivery, Direct Port Entry and an upgraded Port Community System (PCS) for easy data flow. The Prime Minister also informed that mega ports are being developed in Paradip, Vadhavan, and Deendayal Port in Kandla.
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