Bhubaneshwar, Apr 8: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired the first meeting of State Sagarmala Committee and said that the project can further enable Odisha to emerge as a major logistics destination. The Sagarmala Project has a vision for port-led development across the coast of India.
Odisha Chief Minister said, "The Port-led development through industrialization and connectivity is a major focus of the Sagarmala projects. We will also be prioritizing the Coastal community development as an integrated part of this initiative." The Sagarmala Project aims at port modernization, port connectivity, port led industrialization and coastal community development.
The projects under the Sagarmala programme will be availed with 50 pc funding from the Centre. Under the program, the State govt has submitted 14 projects of various departments including Fishers and ARD, Chilka Development Authority, Commerce and Transport and Works Department, out of which only two projects of the Commerce and Transport Department, Ro-Pax Jetty and Allied Infrastructure in Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Balugaon and Puri districts have been sanctioned by the Centre so far.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik further added that Odisha has the advantage of being strategically located with a long coastline. CM Patnaik emphasized that "We have a rich cultural heritage of maritime trade. We can become India's gateway to South East Asian countries."