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Sagarmala projects will enhance Goa’s opportunities: CM Pramod Sawant

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PANAJI : Goa’s share in India’s exports is set to rise as PM Narendra Modi lays stress on port-led development under the Sagarmala project. Goa’s tourism potential and economic opportunities are also going to be enhanced with the civil aviation ministry, proposing a seaplane and small aircraft operations, Chief Minister Shri Pramod Sawant said on Friday.

Sawant was in the national capital on Friday to attend the Sagarmala Apex Committee meeting, held under the Chairmanship of Union MoPSW Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.

“Goa’s share in India’s export shall rise. The seaplane, small aircraft operations proposed by civil aviation minister shall enhance tourism potential in Goa. It will diversify and expand the scope of tourism and economic opportunities in Goa. Hon’ble PM ShriNarendra Modiji’s vision is leading India towards the port-led development with the Sagarmala Project,” Sawant tweeted after attending the meet, called to review and seek suggestions from states for the Sagarmala project.

The Sagarmala project is being implemented under the ambitious national plan to exploit the full potential of India’s waterways and promote port-led development.

“Fruitful deliberations took place in the meeting regarding the progress of the Sagarmala project. Made my submission for inclusion of institutions like National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), National Institute for Polar & Ocean Research (NCPOR), Council of Scientific Research, etc, for increasing the scope & research driven approach towards the implementation of the project,” said Sawant. The NIO and NCPOR are headquartered in Goa.

Country-wide initiatives under the Sagarmala project are aimed at transforming India’s logistics sector, give momentum to industrial and economic development, create largescale employment and also open new vistas for skilling.

Already under Sagarmala in Goa, a dedicated berth is being provided at MPT for cruise vessels and passenger vessels, and a new international cruise terminal is set to handle domestic and international cruise operations.

Under captain of ports, nine coastal passenger jetties are being redeveloped under Sagarmala.

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