Rich maritime heritage of India on display at MIS 2016

Rich maritime heritage of India on display at MIS 2016

The rich maritime heritage of India was on display at the first-ever Maritime India Summit (MIS) in Mumbai.

Right from the days of Lothal, the earliest known dockyard of the world, to the modern technological prowess depicted in form of a  scale-down model of the indigenous aircraft carrier, the exhibition housed models of a wide variety of ships of various class and types.

Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally inaugurated the event at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre at Goregaon here, he visited a maritime heritage museum built in the shape of a ship and a maritime exhibition. Modi also interacted with top global CEOs of the port and shipping sector. The heritage museum - which showcases 5,000 years of maritime heritage - has been created by noted Bollywood art director Nitin Desai.

Port capacity increases
Pitching India’s strategy for the maritime sector before the international community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the government’s vision is to increase port capacity from 1400 million tonnes to 3000 million tonnes by 2025.
 The government wants to mobilize an investment of Rs one lakh crore so as to increase the port capacity of the nation.

Five new ports are planned to meet the increasing demand of the Exim trade which will rise in proportion with the fast-growing Indian economy, he said adding that new ports are also being developed by several coastal states of India.

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