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Modi: Gujarat to be shipbuilding hub by 2015

Modi: Gujarat to be shipbuilding hub by 2015

Mumbai: The chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi (pictured) has stated that the state is poised to become the ship-building hub of the country by 2015, reports Press Trust of India. Speaking on at the 45th National Maritime Day, which coincided with the 27th anniversary of the foundation of the Gujarat Maritime Board, Modi revealed that private investment in port infrastructure had hit the Rs17,000 crore ($4.2bn) and is expected to go up to Rs20,000 crore by 2011.

Terming ports in Gujarat as the "gateways to the country", the minister that said port development has received a massive thrust in terms of creating infrastructure and awareness to achieve maritime excellence in the last seven years.

He said the state has also development goals for new ports at Dholera, Khambhat, Sutrapada, Mahuva, Bansi Borsi, Simar, Mithi virdi, Bedi, Maroli, Positra and Porbandar, which are expected to generate large-scale employment opportunities for the youth.  [07/04/08]