In addition to indirect employment, India will create 200,000 jobs in the cruise tourism sector in the next five years, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonwal told Swati Khandelwal, executive secretary of G Business, in an exclusive interview.
He said there was no doubt that a policy on cruise tourism was needed and that it should be taken forward. He said that policies, programs and practices should be brought in this regard.
He said a task force has been set up with the secretary of the tourism ministry as chairman and the secretary of the shipping ministry as vice chairman. They have already met eight times and done significant work. A high level advisor has also been formed who will assist the task force.
This will enable it to create employment among other things, the Union Minister said.
India needs to be prepared to build the necessary skills or quality human resources in the cruise tourism sector, he added.
It is important to train professionals in the hospitality sector so that tourists from outside India also feel at home, the minister stressed.
He said that despite the challenges posed by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and other factors, it has managed to achieve an all-time record in cargo handling at Indian ports.
He said 802 projects have been identified under the Sagar Mala project of which half of the projects are almost complete, the minister said.
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Already 260 more projects are in various stages of implementation.
India will invest more than Rs 6 lakh crore in these projects, he added.
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The government has included 59 projects for the overall development of the coastal districts. Small projects will be done in different districts of the government.
In these projects, the government has consulted with the respective MPs of these coastal districts. Decisions were taken by the apex committee of Sagar Mala projects
By 2035, a total of 1500 projects will be implemented.
Once the projects are completed, India will be on par with any developed country, he added.
He said India had been able to achieve its 400 400 billion target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.