We will keep pushing the States to set up their maritime boards, says P. V. K. Mohan, Chairman, NSB.

The National Shipping Board (NSB) has asked more States to set up maritime boards.

Addressing presspersons here after the 120th meeting of NSB in Mangalore, P. V. K. Mohan, Chairman, said some maritime States have not yet formed maritime boards. The Gujarat Maritime Board has been there for 25 years. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have also set up similar boards.

“We want the other States to follow them. It makes the things easier to follow and helps in fast development,” he said.

Stating that the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) meeting will come up shortly, he said: “We will keep pushing the States to set up their maritime boards.”

To a query on Karnataka’s progress in establishing a maritime board, he said NSB does not have any information in this regard.

It may be mentioned here that the then Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa had proposed the establishment of a Karnataka Maritime Board in his Budget speech of 2008-09.

Asked if maritime States have shown interest in establishing more major ports, he said Kerala and Gujarat in the West Coast have shown interest.

“Earlier this year, we had written to all maritime States that the Central Government would be keen to set up one more major port in each maritime State. Some responses have come. First two projects are taken up at Sagar in West Bengal and Ramayapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on the East Coast. Both these have been put on fast track and the PMO is monitoring these projects,” he said.

Some responses have come from Kerala and Gujarat in the West Coast.

“We are awaiting responses from others as well. Once the responses come, we will send our technical team to examine the feasibility and take up these projects,” Mohan said.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 6, 2012)
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