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.