Patnaik said the Port-led development through industrialisation and connectivity is a major focus of Sagarmala projects. We will also be prioritising the Coastal community development as an integrated part of this initiative, he added.
He said Odisha has the advantage of being strategically located with a long coastline. “We have a rich cultural heritage of maritime trade. We can become India's gateway to South East Asian countries,” said the Chief Minister.
He said the State Maritime Board is expected to be fully functional in the coming months. Hopefully, the Board will act as a catalyst for overall development of the maritime sector in the State.
Commerce & Transport Minister Padmanav Behera said that the Sagarmala programme aims at Port led development and improvement of waterways. For success, cooperation among the Centre, State and local authorities is needed.
The State has three ports in operation at Paradeep, Dhamara and Gopalpur and four ports at Subarnarekha, Astharang, Riverine port at Kendrapada and Jatadhar Muhan Port are in the pipeline. Besides, there are 8 potential locations for development of ports.
The Sagarmala Project has a vision for port led development across the coast of India. It aims at Port modernization, Port connectivity, Port led industrialization and Coastal community development. The projects under this programme will get 50 percent funding from the Government of India.
Under this programme, the State Government has submitted 14 projects of various departments including Fishers & ARD, Chilka Development Authority, Commerce & Transport and Works Department. Out of these, only two projects of Commerce & Transport Department, Ro-Pax Jetty and Allied Infrastructure in Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Balugaon and Puri districts have been sanctioned by Government of India.
IDCO CMD Sanjay Singh said 3 logistic park projects at Dhamara, Gopalpur and Subarnarekha are under preparation. The proposals will be sent soon. Other Departments were asked to finalise projects under Sagarmala project.