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About Sagar Samridhi

Focus: GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Why in News?

Recently, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) has launched ‘Sagar Samriddhi,’ an online dredging monitoring system to accelerate the ‘Waste to Wealth’ initiative of the Government.

About Sagar Samridhi

  • Developed by the National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), the technological arm of MoPSW.
  • Improvement over the old Draft & Loading Monitor (DLM) system.
  • Aims to enhance productivity, contract management, and promote effective reuse of dredged material.
  • Aligns with the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India, strengthening technological capabilities.
Capabilities of Sagar Samridhi:
  • Real-time dredging progress report.
  • Daily and monthly progress visualization.
  • Dredger performance and downtime monitoring.
  • Easy location tracking with snapshots of loading, unloading, and idle time.
Benefits and Impact:
  • Minimizes human error through technology.
  • Improves project implementation, reducing dredging costs.
  • Promotes environmental sustainability.
  • Enhances transparency and efficiency.
Significance of Sagar Samridhi:
  • Annual maintenance dredging at Major Ports and Waterways involves 100 million cubic meters.
  • Ports and Inland Waterways Authority of India spends approximately Rs. 1000 crores annually.
  • Implementation of the Addendum and Sagar Samridhi system will significantly decrease dredging costs.
  • Ensures transparency and efficiency in dredging operations.
  • Enables better project planning, reduces operational costs.
  • Facilitates the development of deep draft ports.

December 2023