What is Blue Economy Vs. Ocean Economy? PRAGATI?Ferry Service- Summary of PM Speech (Important) (Download PDF)


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Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service allows traveling from Ghogha to Dahej through the sea which in future can also link Hazira, Pipavavo, Jafrabad, Daman and Diu, and even to Bombay. Following are some important points.

Image of 5 Blue Growth Sectors

Image of 5 Blue Growth Sectors

Image of 5 Blue Growth Sectors

from the PM speech on the occasion.

  • Plans of starting similar service in the bay of Kutch

  • Government focus on small growth centers like Dahej and Hazira for providing momentum to industrial development.

  • Establishment of petroleum, chemicals, & petrochemicals investment regions.

State of Water Transport in India

  • Roads in transportation sector cater to 55 % load; railways cater to 35 % and waterways- the cheapest mode- accounts for just 5 or 6%.

  • Share of waterways and coastal transport nearly 30 per cent in the third world countries.

  • Logistics accounts for 18 % of economy- thus the cost of moving goods from one part to the other part is costlier in India.

  • India has 7, 500 kilometers long coastline and 14, 500 kilometers long internal waterways.

Cost of Various Means of Transportation

  • Transporting coal through waterways costs around 20 paisa per ton per kilometer.

  • Through railways it costs Rs. 1.25 per ton per kilometer

  • Roads is even more expensive, however, 90 % coal is being transported through the railways.

Modernization of Ports- Coastal Areas as Hub for Industry

  • Whatever is required inside the country, the industry for those things should be set up inside the country

  • For export-oriented industries, they should be set up in coastal areas for more profits.

  • Modern ports establish strong relations with other countries through the oceans.

  • Ports are like lungs of our economy.

  • Sagaramala project has potential for creation of one crore jobs.

What is Blue Economy?

  • Sagarmala project has one more aspect and it is the blue economy- different from previous term ocean economy.

  • Blue economy means the combination of economy and ecology. Blue economy also nurtures the eco-system of seas along with economic activities.

  • Industrial revolution of 18th and 19th centuries took place on the land but economic revolution of the 21st century will take place through the seas through the blue economy.

  • Blue economy not only ensures food security, but also supplements the income with other means like production of sea beads.

  • Blue economy also provides impetus in field of energy, mining, and tourism.

What is PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation)?

Government has developed a system called PRAGATI, which scrutinizes and tracks projects worth over Rs. 9 lakh crore.

  • It is a multi-purpose and multi-modal, integrating and interactive platform.

  • Platform aims at addressing common grievances, and simultaneously monitor and review important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by State Governments.

  • PM provides suitable directions for redressal of grievances and compliance on the projects and programmes through the PRAGATI

  • PRAGATI allows the directions to remain in the system for further follow up and review till the finality of the matter.

  • Provides cooperative federalism by bringing on one stage the Secretaries of Government of India and the Chief Secretaries of the States.

  • Prime Minister is able to discuss the issues with the concerned Central and State officials with full information and latest visuals of the ground level situation.

    The PRAGATI platform uniquely bundles three latest technologies:

Technology in PRAGATI

  • Digital data management

  • Video-conferencing

  • Geo-spatial technology.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 6, 2017


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