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Meeting Of The National Sagarmala Apex Committee

Meeting Of The National Sagarmala Apex Committee:

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways will chair the meeting of the National Sagarmala Apex Committee (NSAC) on 6th May, 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi.

  • The National Sagarmala Apex Committee (NSAC) is the apex body providing policy directions and guidance for port led development-Sagarmala projects and reviews its implementation.
  • The NSAC was constituted on 13.05.2015 by the Union Cabinet and is chaired by Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways with Cabinet Ministers from stakeholder central Ministries and Chief Ministers & Administrators of Maritime States and Union territories respectively as members.
  • The committee shall review the Sagarmala program.
  • Holistic development of coastal communities through a new initiative ‘Sagartat Samriddhi Yojana’ will also be taken up for discussion in the meeting.

Sagarmala Program:

  • Sagarmala is a National Programme to accelerate economic development in the country by harnessing the potential of India’s 7,500 km long coastline and 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways.
  • It was announced by the Prime Minister in 2014 and approved by the Union Cabinet on 25th March 2015.
  • It holds a vision to reduce logistics cost for both domestic and EXIM cargo with optimal infrastructure investment.
  • The projects under the scheme have been categorized into five pillars:
    • Port modernization & new port development,
    • Port connectivity enhancement,
    • Port-led industrialization,
    • Coastal community development and
    • Coastal shipping and Inland water transport