The Andhra Pradesh Government should emulate Gujarat and set up a Maritime Board in the State to get more funds from the Union Government for implementation of various schemes and shipping-related activity, National Shipping Board Chairman P.V.K. Mohan has said.

He said Gujarat had set up the maritime board 25 years ago to develop shipyards, ports and related infrastructure. The State Assembly would have to pass a resolution and send it to the Union Government for the establishment of the board, he said. Mohan expressed the hope that the suggestion would be taken seriously.

The setting up of the board had also assumed significance in view of the decision to set up a shipyard and port in the State by the Union Ministry of Shipping. The port would come up at Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district. Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam district was also considered for the port but was finally ruled out.

N. K. Mishra, the CMD of Hindusthan Shipyard Ltd , said ship-building was being heavily subsidised in China, Korea and Japan and India should also support the industry.

(This article was published on November 15, 2012)
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