It would no longer be Ministry of Shipping. Its being renamed as Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a ferry service between Hazira in Surat and Ghogha in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday: “Now the Ministry of Shipping is being renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.”
The ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha would reduce the 370-km road distance between the two places to a mere 90km by sea route.
“It (the ministry) is being expanded. In developed economies, in most places, the shipping ministry also takes care of ports and waterways. In India, the shipping ministry does a lot of work related to port and waterways. Clarity in name will also bring about clarity in work,” he said.
“Work is being done so that the country’s sea area emerges as an important part of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. To boost the government’s effort, one more big step is being taken,” said Modi.