National Sagarmala Apex Committee meets in New Delhi to review Sagarmala Project, other connectivity related issues
Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal will chair the meeting of the National Sagarmala Apex Committee (NSAC) in New Delhi today. The NSAC is the apex body providing policy directions and guidance for port-led development- Sagarmala projects and reviews its implementation.
The committee will review the Sagarmala programme along with review of the development of port linked Road and Rail connectivity project, development of Floating jetties and Inland waterways besides other agenda items. Holistic development of coastal communities through a new initiative ‘Sagartat Samriddhi Yojana’ will also be taken up for discussion in the meeting.
Sagarmala is a National Programme aimed at accelerating economic development in the country by harnessing the potential of India’s seven thousand 500-kilometer long coastline and 14 thousand 500 kilometres of potentially navigable waterways.
Projects under Sagarmala are being implemented by relevant Major Ports, Central Ministries, State Maritime Boards, State Governments and other agencies. Out of the total 802 projects, currently 202 projects worth 99 thousand 281 crore rupees have been completed, two hundred sixteen projects worth two lakh 12 thousand crore rupees are under implementation.
The Ministry said, 384 projects worth two lakh 37 thousand crore rupees are under various stages of development.
The NSAC meeting will be attended by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav and Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy.