Chairing the first meeting the of State Sagarmala Committee, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the project can enable Odisha to emerge as a major logistics destination.
In the committee meeting, the Chief Minister said that 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.
The Chief Minister said that 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.”
Apart from the Paradip Port, our government has been facilitating the development of various ports all along Odisha’s coastline, he further added.
The Chief Minister further said that 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.
Odisha has three ports in operation – Paradeep, Dhamara and Gopalpur. Four more ports including Subarnarekha, Astharang, Riverine port at Kendrapada and Jatadhar Muhan Port are in the pipeline. Besides, there are 8 potential locations for development of ports.