Indian ports should be more energy-efficient: VP

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu with the Chairmen of various Port Trusts

New Delhi (NVI): Indian ports should be made more energy-efficient and environment-friendly to counter climate change, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said today.

Interacting with the chairpersons of major port trusts, during ‘Chintan Baithak’ held by the Ministry of Shipping today, the Vice President appreciated the contributions of India’s 7516 km long coast, its 12 major ports and 200 non-major ports to the nation’s growth.

“India has an excellent opportunity for port-led development as ports were inevitable for exports and imports,” he added.

Naidu also appreciated the Sagarmala port-led development. “It was the best step towards creating greenfield ports, modernizing the existing ports, and also for empowering the coastal community by generating employment opportunities.”

He called upon for developing all Indian ports and said that the creation of world-class infrastructure at ports was important for India become 5 trillion dollar economy.