Maritime sector has a vital role in India's progress: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that maritime sector had a vital role in India's progress and his government was strengthening it through innovative initiatives.

Updated: Mar 30, 2015, 20:45 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that maritime sector had a vital role in India's progress and his government was strengthening it through innovative initiatives.

He also said that the Centre was “incentivising a shift towards coastal and inland water transport.”

PM added that India had great potential in the area of shipbuilding, and this should be pursued as part of the 'Make in India' initiative.

He made the remarks when a delegation from the maritime sector, led by Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari, called on him on the occasion of National Maritime Day.

In the course of discussions, PM Modi remarked that India's maritime heritage goes back nearly 5000 years, with the oldest known port being Lothal, a PMO statement said, as per PTI.

He urged all stakeholders to work together to establish a world-class maritime museum, to showcase this glorious aspect of India's history, it added.

Gadkari briefed the PM on plans for skill development in the shipping sector.

PM Modi tweeted about the same on micro-blogging website Twitter:

(With PTI inputs)