Sagarmala program helps to increase tourism business in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

 Monday, March 13, 2023 


According to a news statement issued by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways on March 9, 2023, the Sagarmala program has helped to increase the tourism business in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

According to a Government release, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has given in-principle clearance to four additional projects under Sagarmala, bringing the total number of floating jetty projects in Karnataka to 11. Furthermore, it has pushed a number of reforms and initiatives in the marine industry as part of the Sagarmala Plan, which boosts the country’s socioeconomic and regulatory environment.

The Sagarmala initiative, which began in 2015, intends to construct comprehensive port infrastructure throughout the 7,516-kilometer long coastline through modernization, mechanisation, and computerisation. Furthermore, with little infrastructure investment, the goal is to cut logistics costs for EXIM (Export-Import) and local commerce.

Floating jetties provide several advantages over typical fixed jetties, including being environmental friendly, a longer shelf life, and modular construction. One of the Ministry’s primary priorities is to promote and develop these novel floating jetties ecosystem concepts.

The remaining four projects will be used for tourism and will be placed mostly on the Gurupura and Netravati rivers. Thannir Bhavi Church, Bangra Kuluru, Kulur Bridge, and Jappina Mogaru NH bridge are among the other places.

In addition, the Ministry has given preliminary clearance to four floating jetty projects in Tamil Nadu. The Agni Thertham and Villoondi Theertham projects are in Rameshwaram, a well-known spiritual destination in India. Furthermore, the initiatives in Cuddalore and Kanyakumari serve to tourists visiting these well-known tourist spots.

These projects will help to provide tourists with safer, hassle-free transportation, as well as contribute to the general growth and upliftment of the coastal region.

India is on the path to growth, and good connectivity is critical to establishing a prosperous India. The construction of these jetties would provide a significant boost to the socio-economic growth of these regions in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as well as new avenues for water-related tourism and regional trade, providing additional job possibilities to the local populace.

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