Panaji: While inaugurating inland ferry services Jetty and four-lane overhead road at Baina Vasco in South Goa on Tuesday, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said the Central Government under Sagarmaala scheme has taken up connecting 11 major rivers and would construct 60 new ports in the years to come.

Gadkari said,”Our country has 7500 km stretch of coastal area which needs to develop as waterways. This he said will reduce the cost of transport in future. Under Sagarmala scheme, the Government has taken up to connecting 11 major rivers and to construct 60 ports along the coastal area.”

Gadkari added the government had twofold intention behind developing inland waterways.
“One of them is to is to promote transport and other is tourism. With the promotion of water transport, the pressure of traffic on road would be reduced. The Central Government has invested Rs. 17500 Crore for the development of waterways across the country,” he said.

Gadkari called upon the people of Goa to have a positive approach to make the development possible in Goa. The ecology and environment of Goa would be accorded priority while undertaking developmental works, he assured.

Union Minister of State for Ayush (Independent charge) Shripad Naik lauded the contribution by the central Minister in the development of the State.