Coastal Community Development
Approximately 18 percent of India’s population lives in the 72 coastal districts that comprise 12 percent of India’s mainland. Development of coastal communities through Marine sector related activities like fisheries, maritime tourism and corresponding skill development is an essential objective of the Sagarmala Programme. Development of cruise tourism and lighthouse tourism are other activities which are being actively considered under Sagarmala Programme.
Under Sagarmala Programme, an integrated approach is being adopted for improvement in quality of life with focus on skill building and training, upgrading of technology in traditional professions, specific and time bound action plan for improving physical and social infrastructure in collaboration with the coastal states.
On the skill development front, the skill gap study of 21 coastal districts has been completed and domain ministries & concerned state governments have been asked to implement the district action plans. To address skill gap in ports and maritime sector in these 21 coastal districts, Ministry of Shipping will also be funding skill development under DDU-GKY to train 10,000 persons annually for next 3 years. Skill gaps survey for Kanyakumari and Palghar have been taken up under Sagarmala Programme. Under coastal district skilling programs in convergence with DDU-GKY, 1,917 candidates have been trained and 1,123 candidates have been placed.
Ministry is also funding the fire safety training project for workers at Alang-Sosiya Shipyard and the cutting-edge skills training project in Ports & Maritime Sector. So far 4,036 people have been trained. The course curriculum has been revised and updated to conform to the common norms for skill development schemes under National Skill Qualification Framework notified by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) is now conducting third party assessments.
A world class, state of the art Centre of Excellence in Maritime and Shipbuilding (CEMS), first of its kind in Asia, a start up in skill development for maritime and shipbuilding sector with campuses at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai was launched by Minister of Shipping on 17th Nov 2017. The cost of CEMS is Rs 766 cr. out of which 87 % in kind grant is being provided by Siemens. Siemens is also providing technology and expertise for the centre. Ministry of Shipping is providing a non-recurring one-time grant of Rs 50.07 cr. for creation of 24 hi-tech labs (18 in Vishakhapatnam and 6 in Mumbai). Its capacity of training is 10,500 trainees per annum. The Centre is likely to be operational in May 2018.
A Multi-Skill Development Centre linked to JNPT is being set up in coordination with Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
The National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), at IIT Madras is being set up to study engineering issues related to ports, waterways and coasts and in the country. NTCPWC will act as a technology arm of Ministry of Shipping for providing the needful technological support to Ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and all other related institutions. The cost of setting up the centre is Rs 70.53 cr. which is being shared by MoS, IWAI and the Major Ports. MoS’s grant is towards capital expenditure for creating facilities like Field Research Facility (FRF), Sedimentation and Erosion Management Test Basin (SEMaTeB) and Ship/Tow Simulator. Memorandum of Agreement has been signed on 26.02.2018 between Ministry of Shipping and IIT Madras and Sh. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation laid foundation stone for setting up of NTCPWC at IIT Madras at Chennai.
Sagarmala Programme in coordination with related Central Ministries and State Governments would fund capacity building, infrastructure, and social development projects related to value addition in fisheries, aquaculture and cold chain development. As part of the coastal community development component of the Sagarmala Programme, Ministry is part-funding fishing harbour projects in convergence with Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DADF). Rs. 131 Cr have been released so far for 11 projects (cost: Rs. 922 Cr). In addition, in-principle approval has been given for development of deep sea fishing vessels and fish processing centers in convergence with DADF.
For promoting tourism in maritime states under Sagarmala, projects have been identified in convergence with Ministry of Tourism and tourism development departments of maritime state governments. Key coastal tourism projects include:
- Development of Coastal Circuits under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism
- Development of infrastructure for promoting Cruise tourism
- Development of lighthouses
- National Maritime Heritage Museum Complex at Lothal
- Underwater viewing gallery and restaurant at Beyt Dwarka
Sagarmala has conducted skill gap studies for 21 coastal districts in India. Skill Development programmes in these 21 districts is being undertaken in convergence with DDU GKY programme of the Ministry of Rural Development. The overall skill gap report and the reports of the individual districts in these states can be seen at the below links: Click Here