PM dedicates Pipavav Shipyard to the Nation
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has dedicated Pipavav Shipyard to the nation today (June 1, 2010). In his inaugural speech, the PM congratulated Shri Nikhil Gandhi and the management of Pipavav Shipyard for a massive contribution to nation building activities of the country.
"If India is destined to be a major trading nation of the world, I think shipping, ship building and management of our ports assume great importance in our scheme of development planning. Therefore I am very happy to learn about the activities of the Pipavav Shipyard nd I once again compliment and congratulate all those who are associated with his highly enterprising, innovative shipyard. Pipavav Shipyard, set up on the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat, is one of the most modern shipyards in India. This shipyard has been developed to have one of the largest dry dock and wet dock acilities in the world, with the state-of-the-art technology which can be used for construction of vessels relating to oil, gas and defence sectors.
"I hope this modern facility will set new benchmarks in quality and efficiency for our country," the PM remarked. "The development of maritime infrastructure – ports, shipbuilding, and shipping, including inland water transport, is therefore of critical importance to the progress of our economy. This sector also provides substantial employment in the organized sector, and acts as catalyst for rapid development of the hinterland as well," he added.
The PM also said that the shipbuilding industry can have a multiplier effect on economic output and also in terms of its contribution to the generation of employment. "The Government of India has therefore been supporting the setting up of shipyards. I understand the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council is working with the Ministry of Shipping to explore fresh ways to enable faster growth of this dynamic sector. In addition, we intend to take measures to greatly expand inland water transport," he said.