As part of its plan to develop ports and boost maritime trade, the government would develop three major ports in the country this year. ´We have already taken a decision this new year. We will start three new major ports. One is at Colachel in Tamil Nadu, the second at Sagar in West Bengal and third at Dahanur, Wadhwad in Maharashtra,´ Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
The minister said the plan to set up new ports would definitely add to the economic growth. The government has set a target of increasing cargo volume from 972 million tonne to 2,500 billion tonne by 2025. For the plan to develop 1,300 islands in India and 280 light houses to tourism spots, a conference has been organised in Mumbai.