With an aim to showcase the status of the ship recycling industry in Alang, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways along with Gujarat Maritime Board organized an International Conference on Green Ship Recycling.
amely, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said that the planned doubling of capacity of Alang-Sosiya shipyard in Gujarat will create a large number of employment opportunities and bring in more economic prosperity to Gujarat and the country.
Taking about the Sagarmala Programme, Shri Sonowal said it has given impetus to the thriving maritime sector in Gujarat with projects such as port modernisation, rail, road, cruise tourism, RO-RO & passenger jetties, fisheries, coastal infrastructure, skill development, etc.
There are 74 projects worth Rs. 57,000 crore under Sagarmala Programme in Gujarat, of which 15 projects worth Rs. 9,000 crore have been completed, 33 projects worth over Rs. 25,000 crore are under implementation and 26 projects worth Rs. 22,700 crore are under development, he said.
What is more, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra bhai Patel said that Gujarat is now moving towards port-led development. As he explained, just as Gujarat has been dominant in ship breaking-recycling sector, it will also be in green recycling.
In fact, he believes that Gujarat has the potential and the political will to become a hub for green ship recycling. The Gujarat government is also committed to making its a global centre for green recycling.
Furthermore, Alang has a well-developed ecosystem and capacity for vehicle scrapping and will contribute majorly to the vehicle scrapping policy.