Maritime India Summit 2016: BR Ambedkar was architect of water and river navigation policy, says PM Modi

Mumbai, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 14 April 2016, 01:13 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke at the inauguration of Maritime India Summit 2016 in Mumbai. PM Modi stressed that though Maritime transport can be the most extensive mode of transport it is also the most eco-friendly one. On the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, he said that the latter was the architect of the water & irrigation navigation policy in India. Here are the highlights of PM Narendra Modi’s speech at the Maritime India Summit 2016:


  • Missing the sea-route is missing a pleasant journey
  • This is the right time to come to India, it is even better time to come through the sea-route
  • We are planning to deploy modern and sophisticated fishing vessels
  • IMF & World Bank indicated better days to come for India
  • We want to mobilise an investment of one lakh crore
  • Our vision is to increase port capacity from one thousand, four hundred million tonnes to three thousand million tonnes by 2025
  • Our vision is to increase port efficiency. We want to enable growth with investments, & new ports being developed
  • Performance of major ports in the last two years has been remarkable. Operating profit margins which are declining have increased
  • We've taken up skill development activities aggressively. The results of our initial efforts are clearly visible
  • PM says "Long coastline of India along with diverse coastal regions & hard working coastal communities can become engine of growth of India"
  • We have greatly liberalised the licensing regime
  • Recently Moody's appreciate the "Make In India" programme
  • I call upon the global business community to partner with us to give shape to a process of port led development
  • Want to modernize ports & integrate them with SEZs, Port based Smart Cities, Industrial Parks, Warehouses, Logistics Parks
  • It is my Govt's endeavour to revive and restore India's position of eminence in the global maritime sector
  • In the early days of Govt we announced "Sagar Mala" project, enegising coastal economy & boosting infrastructure
  • I am happy to say that we have embarked on the development of National Waterways in keeping with Babasaheb’s vision and foresight
  • Dr Ambedkar emphasised importance of new waterways policy to lay the foundation for a regime of prosperity for millions of poor of India
  • Dr Ambedkar was also the architect of the water and river navigation policy in India
  • Dr BR Ambedkar was the architect of the water & irrigation navigation policy in India
  • Today is 125th birth anniversary for someone who lived and worked in Mumbai, Dr. BR Ambedkar
  • This is the first time that a global event on such a large scale is being organized by India
  • But we have to make sure that our lifestyle, transport systems and trading behaviour do not spoil the ecology of the oceans
  • Great pleasure in being with you and welcoming you at the Maritime India Summit
  • Maritime transport can be the most extensive mode of transport. It is also the most eco-friendly mode of transport
First Published: Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:22 AM

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