Cargo handling increased by 42%, the installation of smart ports, the overhaul of the communication system among the many achievements of the project


The central government flagship Sagarmala project led by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has been instrumental in strengthening India’s coastal economy and increasing the country’s cargo handling by 42% from 2014 , Express Financial reports.

Government details show that around 802 projects costing a whopping Rs 5.53 lakh crore are part of the Sagarmala program, of which around 172 of them have been completed while another 235 are currently under development.

By setting up the Port Community System, removing redundant duplication of documents, establishing a single digital platform for all interactions, and paving the way for easy access to data, the government is working towards a fully redesigned communication system to establish ports in India.

In addition, there has been an increase of over 80 million metric tonnes per year in cargo handling capacity in addition to greater connectivity between ports.

The government has maintained that employment opportunities for over 1 crore people will be created in addition to annual savings of Rs 40,000 crore and 2% GDP growth through the aforementioned measures, which will herald a revolution in infrastructure in the country.

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