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Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways organizes 18th Meeting of the Maritime State Development Council

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New Delhi, Jun 24 (ILNS)A decision to develop a National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) in Gujrat, was announced by Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in a meeting held today by Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways .

Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya chaired the 18th meeting of the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) through a video conference and said that the development of the nation depends on the development of the states. MSDC is the best example of cooperative federalism, he said.

Stressing on the need for the ‘Indian Port Bill 2021’, the Minister requested state governments to see the Indian Port Bill as a development issue and not as a political issue. He highlighted that the ‘Indian Port Bill 2021’ will facilitate to have optimum management and utilization of the coastline by way of participation by both the Union Government and Maritime States/Union Territories. He assured the states that the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways will welcome all the suggestions of the states to develop a comprehensive port bill. Consider Indian Port Bill as a development issue, not as a political issue, Mandaviya said to the states

The minister said that MSDC has decided that the National Maritime Heritage Complex will be developed as a world-class museum dedicated to the legacy of Maritime Heritage of India, which will be spread in an area of about 350 acres at Lothal, Gujarat.

The objective of the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) is to develop a national plan for the development of the maritime sector beneficial for both states and the center and to adopt best practices.

Very significant issues pertaining to the overall progress of the maritime sector were discussed at the meeting. Both Central Government and State Governments have jointly worked on the development of the maritime sector including several non-functional ports. MSDC advised on the planning of all ports including Major Ports. In addition, several conventions pertaining to safety, security and prevention of pollution are incorporated in IP Bill 2021 for implementation of all requirements stipulated in such conventions by all ports. During the meeting, the coastal states and UTs were requested to take up the development of their respective pavilion.

The main objective of the meeting was to address the issues in funding and for the projects that are not suitable to develop under PPP mode, it was suggested that a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) may be formed between state government, central government and private players for which interest from the state governments/UTs. The MoPSW has requested the coastal states/UTs to expedite the implementation of the projects where the state government is the implementation agency, and funding support can be considered for central funding via grants from MoPSW or via equity funding through Sagarmala Development Company Ltd (SDCL)./ILNS/SNG

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