Odisha has strategic potential to develop as a coastal shipping center in eastern India, Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said on Tuesday. Mohapatra said this during the inauguration of the 2-day Premier Gati-Shakti Multimodal Maritime Summit organized under the joint auspices of Paradip Port Authority, State and Central Government. “Odisha would soon become one of the biggest hubs for the cabotage of minerals and finished products,” the Chief Secretary said. Noting that Odisha is a maritime state and has a strategic location for coastal shipping, Mohapatra said the state’s coastline is well suited for the development of deep ports. The eastern part of India, including Odisha, is developing at a rapid pace. He said that Odisha supplies coal, iron ore and manganese to many states in the country and the growth rate will be faster in the coming years. He said Prime Minister Gati-Shakti is a pan-India platform that would address the critical issues of substantially reducing the logistics costs of transporting minerals and accelerating the growth of coastal shipping. It is a comprehensive and converged platform of all relevant state and central government departments and other major stakeholders. With information uploaded by all parties involved, planning and decision-making for the industry would be more perfect and faster, he said, adding that it would also bring real ease of doing business for consumers. investors. Mohapatra assured that the state government would extend all its assistance in implementing the recommendations of this two-day summit. Joining the summit, Divisional Director of Railways, Khurda, Rinkesh Roy said: ”The East Coast Railway is the No. 1 freight loading area in all of the railways. Paradip is the 2nd port in terms of volume handled by the rail network. The region has a huge mining and industrial belt”. Roy said the East Coast Railway is on track to increase its rail network in Odisha from industrial points to the port. Sagarmala Projects Co-Secretary Bhusan Kumar gave an overview of the converged mechanism set up for successful implementation of Gati Shakti Projects. He said the Ministry of Ports, Navigation and Waterways is prioritizing improving connectivity to more than 50 non-major operational ports through Prime Minister Gati Shakti. In this comprehensive port connectivity plan, over 107 connectivity gaps have been identified to reduce port connectivity. Jayant Singh, Vice Chairman, IWAI (Inland Waterways Authority of India) said ”Odisha with its long stretches of water body across different regions has immense potential for the development of inland waterways” . President Paradip Port Trust PL Haranadh said that Paradip Port, in its 56 years of cargo handling service, will achieve a record annual traffic of 125 MMT in the financial year 2022-23. “During the Amrit Kal, Paradip will be the Port of the Millennium by having a capacity of over 500 MMT by 2047. Prime Minister Gati-Shakti would be the main driver of this transformation,” he added .
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