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Parliament was informed Friday that the government has committed to reducing emissions from shipping and all major ports will become fully self-sufficient on electricity by 2030.
Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, stated in a written response to the Lok Sabha that Maritime India Vision 2030 (MIV) 2030 had identified initiatives to help India develop standard ports. These included mega ports, transhipment hubs, and modernisation of ports’ infrastructure.
According to the minister, as a part of Sagarmala Programme, more than 800 projects at an estimated cost of around Rs 5.5 lakh crore have been identified for implementation during 2015 to 2035 across all coastal states. Further, he said under holistic development of coastal districts, a total of 567 projects with an estimated cost of around Rs 58,000 crore have been identified.
Further, Sonowala in another written reply said, “Government of India is committed to reduce the emissions from shipping sector and promote the development of net zero and low-emission solutions. By 2030, all the Major Ports are to be made fully self-sustainable on electricity. All the energy requirements of the port are to be met through renewable sources. Initiative also includes Green Warehousing utilizing green/ natural solutions such as natural light or energy efficiency lighting, automated and compact storage systems, rooftop solar, using HVLS fans, and rainwater harvesting.”
MIV 2030 estimates the investments to the tune of Rs 1,00,000-1,25,000 crore for capacity augmentation and development of world class infrastructure at lndian Ports, he added.