PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates Maritime India Summit in Mumbai | Full Event

Pitching for making the country’s 7,500-km long coastline an “engine of growth”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (April 14) said India wants to mobilise Rs 1 lakh crore investment to enable port development and invited global community to invest. Inaugurating the first Maritime India Summit (MIS) in Mumbai, Modi said it is the “right time” to come and better through the “sea route”. “Our vision is to increase port capacity from 1,400 million tonnes to 3,000 million tonnes by 2025. We want to mobilise an investment of Rs 1 lakh crore in the port sector to enable this growth,” the Prime Minister said after opening the MIS 2016. India, according to Modi, plans to add five new ports to meet increasing demand of Exim trade, which is expected to rise in line with the fast-growing Indian economy. New ports are also being developed by several coastal states of India. Making out a strong case, the Prime Minister said Indian shipping sector is ready for “a long haul” and called upon investors not to miss out on “the pleasant journey and great destination”. Modi added: “It is even better time to come through the sea route… Once you are here, I assure you that I will personally hold your hands to see that your berthing is safe, secure and satisfactory.” Paying tribute to Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Amdedkar on his 125th birth anniversary, Modi said the architect of India’s Constitution is also the architect of the country’s water and river navigation policy.Elaborating on the government’s plans for the sector, Modi referred to the shipping ministry showcasing some 250 projects with investment opportunity in the maritime sector. These projects include various infrastructure development opportunities in 12 major ports, projects in eight maritime states and other agencies, of which over 100 projects have been identified under the ambitious Sagarmala programme.
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