By 2030, all major ports across the country will be made fully self-sustainable on electricity, and all energy requirements to be met through renewable energy sources, as per the Government of India’s commitment to reduce the emissions from the shipping sector and promote the development of net zero and low-emission solutions. Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The initiatives include Green Warehousing utilising green/ natural solutions such as natural light or energy efficiency lighting, automated and compact storage systems, rooftop solar, using HVLS fans and rainwater harvesting.
As part of its plan to develop global standard ports in India, Maritime India Vision (MIV) 2030 has identified initiatives such as developing world-class Mega Ports, transhipment hubs and infrastructure modernization of ports. MIV 2030 estimates the investments to the tune of Rs. 1,00,000–1,25,000 Crores for capacity augmentation and development of world-class infrastructure at Indian Ports.
The Sagarmala programme is the flagship programme of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways to promote port-led development in the country through harnessing India’s 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes. As a part of the Sagarmala Programme, more than 800 projects at an estimated cost of around Rs. 5.5 lakh crore have been identified for implementation from 2015 to 2035 across all coastal states on the Eastern and Western coasts of the country.