Ports Conclave on “Ports-Led Industrialization in Maharashtra” held in Mumbai 

Ports Conclave on "Ports-Led Industrialization in Maharashtra" held in Mumbai

Ports Conclave on "Ports-Led Industrialization in Maharashtra" held in Mumbai

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Ports Conclave was organized by Loksatta (Indian Express Group) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA) in collaboration with various industry leaders.

The conclave, held on January 4, 2024, took place at Hotel St Regis, Lower Parel, Mumbai, with the objective of discussing the potential of “Ports-Led Industrialization in Maharashtra.”

The esteemed panel of speakers included Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Cabinet Minister of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways & Ministry of Ayush, and Mr. Sanjay Sethi, Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority. Additionally, Miss Sharmila Ameen, MD of Bertling Logistic, Mr. Anshul Singhal, MD of Welspun One Logistic, Dr. Ravindra Utgirkar, VP of Praj Industries, Mr. Vishal Kamath, CEO of Kamath Hotels, Mr. Girish Kuber from Loksatta, Shri Sanjay Bansode, Minister of Ports, Maharashtra, Shri Subrata Tripathi, CEO of Adani Port, Shri Rajiv Jalota, CEO of JNPT, were present at the meeting to share their valuable insights and thoughts on the development of ports for export, transportation, and waterways.

The presence of representatives from Federation of Chakan Industries, Dilip BaTwal, and Vinod Jain, further enriched the conclave with their expertise.

Maharashtra, being the wealthiest state in India, has played a significant role in contributing to the country’s industrial GDP with over 40% of India’s national revenue. Its success in traditional and new-age industries has solidified its position as a leading industrial state.

The conclave primarily focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with India’s ports, highlighting the need for a new deep-draft port in Maharashtra, such as JNPT, Wadhavan, Mundra, Hajra, Narkol ports, among others. As more than 90% of India’s trade depends on maritime routes, it is imperative to develop ports and trade-related infrastructure to facilitate the growth of the Indian economy.

This engagement aimed to explore the industrial growth potential of Maharashtra and the pivotal role that ports play in sustaining business momentum. It shed light on the contributions of Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Mumbai Port, assessed the capacity of existing ports, emphasized the necessity of Vadhavan and other ports, and delved into the future prospects of ports-centric industrialization.

The information about the event was shared by Dilip Batwal, Secretary, Federation of Chakan Industries.