Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya said that the development of the country depends on the development of the states and the Maritime State Development Council is the best example of cooperative federalism. Mr. Mandaviya said this while chairing the 18th meeting of the Maritime State Development Council today.
The Minister requested state governments to see the Indian Port Bill 2021 as a development issue and not as a political issue. He highlighted that the Bill will facilitate optimum management and utilization of the coastline by way of participation by both the Union Government and Maritime States and Union Territories. He assured the states that the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways will welcome all the suggestions of the states to develop a comprehensive port bill.
The key items discussed during the meeting were Indian Port Bill 2021, National Maritime Heritage Museum, Rail and Road connectivity with Ports, Floating Jetties for Marine Operations and Sea Plane Operations, Sagarmala Projects and National Infrastructure Pipeline projects.