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Sagarmala project to connect all coastal cities: Modi

IANS 06 Nov 2014, 11:46:53 AM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the Sagarmala project to connect all coastal cities must lay stress on "port-led development", the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement.

Soon after assuming office, Modi had proposed the ambitious Sagarmala project to connect all coastal cities in the country through road, rail, ports and airports through a special development package.

The project is designed to enhance the unique identities of coastal cities in consonance with their sea-side culture.

At a high-level meeting here on connectivity-related infrastructure sectors, Modi reviewed the progress of achieving targets in the roads, railways, shipping and civil aviation sectors, the statement said.

"The prime minister said he looked forward to a special meeting with all coastal states to discuss the sectors of infrastructure, coastal security, island development, tourism, entertainment and biodiversity in an integrated, holistic manner," it added.

The statement said following the decision to allow 100 per cent foreign equity in railways, 20 projects in 10 sectors have been identified for FDI.

The railways have also fabricated a new wagon for transport of salt, which will lead to a 40 percent increase in the carrying capacity, it added.