Sagarmala - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   The objective of which company is to identify port led development projects under Sagarmala?

a. Sagarmala Port Trust Authority
b. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust Authority
c. Sagarmala Development Company
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sagarmala Development Company

The Ministry of Shipping and Road Transport & Highways Shri. Nitin Gadkari said projects worth INR 1 lakh crore under Sagarmala programme at various stages of implementation and development will now be overseen by the Sagarmala Development Company.

This company has been incorporated under the Companies Act 2013 with an initial authorized share capital of INR 1000 crore and a subscribed share capital of INR 90 crore.

Main objective of the company is identification of port led development projects under the Sagarmala programme and provide equity support for the SPVs set up by Ports/State/Central Ministries and funding window or implement only those residual projects which cannot be funded by any other means/mode.

Cabinet has approved the formation of SDC under the administrative control of the Ministry of Shipping in July 2016.

Company would work towards structuring activities, bidding out projects for private sector participation, identifying risk management measures for strategic projects across multiple regions and states and obtaining the approvals and clearances.

Implementation of the identified project will be taken up by Port/State/Central Govt or Maritime Board through private or PPP mode.

Company will act as a nodal agency for the coordination and monitoring of currently identified projects under Sagarmala as well as other projects from the master plans or other sources.

A detailed master plan will also be prepared for CEZs as part of the National Perspective Plan. SDC will raise funds as debt/equity (long term capital) as per project requirements by leveraging resources provided by government of India and from multilateral and bilateral funding agencies.

About the Sagarmala Programme

Aims to harness:

  • 7500 km long coastline
  • 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways
  • Strategic location on key international maritime trade routes
  • Approved in March 2015 by the Union Cabinet.

2)   Sagarmala Programme of Ministry of Shipping has led to reports on CEZ under the programme. What are CEZ?

a. Coastal Economic Zone
b. Central Economic Zone
c. Coastal Economy Zone
d. Central Economy Zone
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Coastal Economic Zone

Under the Sagarmala Programme of Ministry of Shipping, five reports have been prepared to provide implementation of roadmap for holistic port-led development in the country and to engage with various stakeholders

  • The reports have been posted on the Ministry of Shipping website. The Ministry is reaching out to relevant stakeholders to apprise them of the findings / recommendations in these reports and to obtain relevant feedback on the same.
  • The reports include the cargo traffic projections in the ports and related logistics bottlenecks, plans for port capacity enhancement, perspective plans for the Coastal Economic Zones proposed under Sagarmala and the policy level recommendations to make port-led development successful in India.
  • The programme will change the way logistics evaluation is carried out in the country and will require active participation of stakeholders including central and state government, industry bodies and agencies

3)   Ministry of Shipping has organised a Coastal Economic Zones workshop under which programme in July 2016?

a. Sagarmala
b. Sagarmanthan
c. Sagarpath
d. Sagarjanak
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sagarmala

To provide a boost to the Make in India initiative and promote port led industrialisation, Ministry of Shipping organised a workshop on Coastal Economic Zones or CEZs under the Sagarmala programme in New Delhi.

  • Workshop focused on 14 coastal economic zones identified under the National Perspective Plan of the Sagarmala.
  • Workshop apprised participants that CEZs will be aligned to relevant ports in the maritime states and will house Coastal Economic Units for setting up manufacturing facilities.
  • The CEZs have been conceptualised as spatial economic regions extending 300-500 km of coastline and 200-300 km inland from the coast.
  • CEZ will be an agglomeration of coastal districts within the State.