Govt to set up Bureau of Port Security soon, says Sonowal

New Delhi, Aug 19 (UNI) The government will soon set up the Bureau of Port Security seeking to upgrade security across all the ports in the country, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said on Saturday.

Speaking at the 19th Maritime States Development Council (MSDC) meeting today in Kevadia, Gujarat, the Minister highlighted the government’s focus on sustainable development and shared about the Ministry’s ambitious plan to develop Hydrogen Hubs across the central government and state government ports.

“All central government and state government ports will explore the possibility of creating Hydrogen Hubs,” the Minister said.

He further said that Deendayal Port Authority has already finalised MoUs worth Rs 1.68 lakh crore for this venture.

Sonowal underlined that all major ports have prepared their Port Master Plans for 2047, and states are also getting their Port Master Plans for 2047 ready.

“The total country’s port capacity will increase from existing around 2,600 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) to more than 10,000 MTPA in 2047,” he said.

The two-day 19th Maritime State Development Council meeting at Kevadia, Gujarat, organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways to enhance better coordination between major and notified ports, State Maritime Boards, State Governments and Union Territories (UTs) concluded today.

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