Mangaluru: Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal today took a comprehensive review of initiatives taken by the various ports for facilitating Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) and Operational Efficiency Through Technology (OETT) to boost growth under PM Gati Shakti National Plan in presence of Union MoS Shri Shantanu Thakur and chairmen of all Major Ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India representatives and senior officials. The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways set to play a major role in the realization of the National Master Plan, a multi-modal connectivity master plan launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to ensure seamless connectivity, economic growth and delivery of good governance to the citizens. The construction of a trans-shipment hub at Greater Nicobar was also part of the discussions. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said, “Integrated efforts which are being taken by ports and others will add speed to development works around the country. PM Gati Shakti will help the people, farmers, fishing community and strengthen India’s economy”. He also highlighted his recent visit to Patna and said ‘IWAI ke sath yeh Nadi aur Sagar ka sahyog hai, Ganga Maa hai aur Brahmaputra Pita’.
Sonowal further urged the officials to put emphasis on promotion of Atma Nirbhar Bharat mission and skill development so that the youth of the country can be benefited.
Union MoS Shantanu Thakur said, “Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is committed towards PM Gati Shakti and today’s meeting is a step towards it.”
Secretary Dr Sanjeev Ranjan spoke on multi-modal connectivity, highlighting the seven pillars of growth under PM Gati Shakti, Smart, Mega and Green Ports, EoDB and Maritime India Vision (MIV) 2030.
New Mangalore Port under the astute leadership of Chairman Dr A. V. Ramana is implementing three projects worth Rs. 695 crores under the PM Gati Shakti. The three projects namely mechanization of Berth No.14 for handling container & other cargos in DBFOT basis with M/s JSW at cost of Rs. 281 crores, Construction of new Berth no.17 for handling bulk & dry-bulk cargos worth Rs. 217 crores and construction of fishing harbour at Kulai at cost of Rs. 197 crores.
Apart from this, the Port has also identified 10 new projects with an investment of Rs. 2940 crores approximately. Amongst the above projects, 36 acres of land has been already been allotted to 04 projects worth Rs. 640 crores approximately in view of enabling port-led industrialization and increased cargo inflow to the Port. And the fifth project of constructing a skill development centre is also underway as the project is under evaluation by an investor. Feasibility studies are also underway in the remaining projects and discussions are on with the prospective investors.
The Minister also reviewed various initiatives undertaken by New Mangalore Port in enhancing Ease of Doing Business & Operational Efficiency through Technology. New Mangalore Port has gone live in the RFID application for efficient & smoother gate operations & reduced human intervention, introduced SMS & email notifications for Port Clients for sharing Invoices, receipts & reports, introduced integrated Port Operating System integrated with PCS 1x using API technology, introduced multiple platforms like GIS, E-Office and ERP for end-to-end land allotment process, Portals for Cruise Passenger Feedback, pensioners & public grievances, Face Recognition Technology for attendance of all employees and Berth Allotment feature is also implemented in PCS & iPOS for the benefit of stakeholders.
Chairman, NMPT also highlighted rail and road connectivity issues faced by the Port and its users. He pressed on the matter as better connectivity would lead to increased cargo volume to the Port and economic growth of the hinterland.