@ High-level meeting, in Gandhinagar takes place, to review the progress of World’s Largest Maritime Museum Complex at Lothal
@ Hon’ble Union Ministers Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, two Ministers of State and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra Patel attends the meeting
Gandhinagar, Sunday: Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the project process of National Maritime Heritage Complex, Lothal in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. This meeting was attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare ,Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, and Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Hon’ble Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Tourism, Shri Shantanu Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
An MoU was signed during the meeting with Ministry of Defence (Indian Navy & Coast Guard) towards development of a Naval gallery: “The Journey of Indian Navy & Coast Guard” inside NMHC complex.
During this meeting, Shri Sarbnanda Sonowal, Union Minister, MoPSW said, ‘Under the leadership of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is developing National Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal, Gujarat. It envisages to showcase India’s rich and diverse Maritime Heritage. NMHC is one of the major projects of SagarMala Programme under MoPSW and will be the world’s biggest Maritime Museum complex’.
He also mentioned, “NMHC will act as a centre for learning and understanding India’s diverse maritime history and is being built in such a way that the common man of India can easily understand its history’. Shri Sonowal also conveyed gratitude to the government of Gujarat for continuously supporting the project development.”
Hon’ble CM of Gujarat has expressed his happiness on the progress of the project and assured complete cooperation from the Gujarat in undertaking various responsibilities assigned to it.
Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers also appreciated the efforts of Gujarat government and directed all to further coordinate to complete the project within prescribed timelines.
The Gujarat government has allocated 375 acres of land for the project; Additional 25 acres land for development of staff quarters; 4 laning of road from State Highway till NMHC project site which is ongoing; Narmada water supply from about 25 kms which has already been completed; Laying of transmission lines of about 17 kms and funding the setting up of 66 kV GIS substation which is under progress; Contribution of Rs. 150 Cr. for development of basic internal infrastructure.
The NMHC, under SagarMala Programme of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is being developed in an area of about 400 acres with an estimated cost of Rs. 4500 crore and is being further planned to be developed through the funding from public and private institutes or organizations and CSR. The Major Ports of India are contributing a fund of Rs. 209 crores.
During the progress review meeting, Shri Shripad Naik, MoS, MoPSW said, ‘NMHC is proposed to be developed as a world class international tourist destination, the first of its kind in the country, comprising of maritime museum, light house museum, maritime theme parks, and amusement parks, etc. It would showcase maritime heritage of the country from ancient to modern times by adopting an edutainment approach’.
‘The NMHC will take us a step ahead towards Amrit Kaal and MIV 2030. This will establish India in the global front and educate individuals about the rich heritage of our Maritime sector’, said Shri Shantanu Thakur, MoS, MoPSW.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat