Chief Secretary, and
Odisha has the advantage of being strategically located with a long coastline. We have a rich cultural heritage of maritime trade. We can become India's gateway to South East Asian countries.
Apart from the Paradip Port, our government has been facilitating the development of various ports all along Odisha's coastline.
The Sagarmala project can further enable Odisha to emerge as a major logistics destination. The Port-led development through industrialisation and connectivity is a major focus of these projects. We will also be prioritising the Coastal community development as an integrated part of this initiative.
The State Maritime Board is expected to be fully functional in the coming months. Hopefully, the Board will act as a catalyst for overall development of the maritime sector in the State.
These projects require close coordination with various departments and resolving the issues for timely completion. I urge all the departments concerned to prioritise these projects.