Bhubaneswar: In addition to our strategic advantage of long coastline, the Sagarmala project can further enable Odisha to emerge as a major logistics destination, said Odisha CM.
Patnaik further said that the Port-led development through industrialisation and connectivity is a major focus of Sagarmala projects. We will also be prioritising the Coastal community development as an integrated part of this initiative, he added.
The Chief Minister said that Odisha has the advantage of being strategically located with a long coastline. We have a rich cultural heritage of maritime trade. We can become India’s gateway to South East Asian countries, he added.
Apart from the Paradip Port, the State government has been facilitating the development of various ports all along Odisha’s coastline, he further added.
The Chief Minister further said that the State Maritime Board is expected to be fully functional in the coming months. Hopefully, the Board will act as a catalyst for overall development of the maritime sector in the State.
He asked for close coordination with various departments and resolving the issues for timely completion of projects under Sagarmala. He urged all the departments concerned to prioritise these projects.
Special Secretary, Commerce & Transport Shri Manoj Mishra offered the vote of thanks.