Asserting that India has a vibrant maritime sector with reach history and potential to power nation’s transformations, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha said Sagarmala Project an initiative of Union Government has opened new opportunities, promoting port link, direct and indirect development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and effectively.
Addressing the 55th National Maritime Day celebrations organised by National Maritime Day Celebrations Committee at Ravindra Bhavan here on Thursday, she said the project would lift Indias Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth by two per cent.
Speaking at length the various aspects of maritime sector, Dr Sinha said ocean was an opportunity for any country and India was surrounded by sea on three sides while on one side by mMountain.
“Maritime is an important sector which is developing at a fast pace. National Maritime Day is celebrated to illustrate the awareness in supporting international commerce and the global economy as the most well organised, safe and environmentally responsive approach of transporting goods from one corner to another corner of the word,” she added.
She said that principle objective of celebrating the National Maritime Day was to let know public about the activities of Indian shipping industry and the important role it played in the economy of the country. ”Shipping has been rightly called as the silent service as most of the shipping activities take place away from the land and along with country’s sea borders,” the Governor said.
Additional Director General, Shipping, IRS, Amitabh Kumar said, “National Maritime Day celebrations is an occasion to salute all from the Indian Shipping fraternity.”
Kumar shared the vision of Government to make merchant shipping more efficient, financially viable, secured and eco friendly and stressed the need to exploit waters for transportation and other purposes.
He reiterated the governments commitment to ensure that rivers and costal waters became clean, ports become modern and efficient, capacity and quality of shipyards and repair facilities were enhanced.