Infrastructure is a growth engine for any country. The NDA government took the major decision and clubbed the departments related to infrastructure like Highways, Road transport and Shipping in one ministry and established effective coordination mechanisms with other ministries like Railways and Environment. The development of Rail and Road connectivity will provide seamless connectivity to all the important economic Corridors such as the DMIC, the NMIZ, the Sagarmala project, Coastal Economic Region to connect the Southern, Central and Northern part of the Country.
India's maiden flagship initiative of the Shipping Ministry, the Maritime India Summit 2016, is all set to realise India’s maritime economic potential. By the time Maritime has been ignored by the previous governments. Modi government has laid special emphasis on the need to build shipping and port infrastructure. India is also set to double its ports capacity to 3000 million tonnes (MT) by 2025.
Giving strategic and security dimensions of the Indian Ocean Region, maritime policy is carved out for deepening partnerships with friends and partners in the Indian Ocean, especially island republics like Seychelles and Mauritius. A new initiative designed to compete with China’s Maritime Silk Road, known as Project Mausam, is another significant step in this regard.
(The writer is President and Director General of Dighi Port)