Maritime Infrastructure in India: Challenges and Prospects

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Adluri Subramanyam Raju
2018, 200pp
Hardcover, 9789385883675
Rs. 1045.00

Major policy measures to transform the maritime profile of peninsular India are underway. A new maritime India indeed is evident going by the constructive activities around the coasts. Development of Indian infrastructure is essential for country’s economic development and growth. As India adopted growth-led economic policy, serious plans are afoot to develop a strong and long-term transport infrastructure and logistics. With advancement in exploration technology, deep-sea mining, huge potential for exploration of hydrocarbons, petroleum, natural gas, rare earth metals, the demand for ports and shipping services is one of the important maritime strategies.

Important policy moves are initiated by India in recent years to integrate shipping activities with inland transport networks. Sagarmala, Golden Quadrangle, East Coast Corridor are some of the latest policy decisions to build intermodal transportation for facilitating connectivity to the ports. Policy initiatives like the major India Port decision in 2016 would augment the Indian ship construction and modernization effort. There are other major issue areas of maritime infrastructure that merit urgent policy attention in India. Thirteen papers in this volume examine how India would address the various issues of India’s maritime infrastructure.

In the present-day environment – with the nation’s economic heft on the rise – we need to take much larger an interest to develop our maritime infrastructure, be it in developing our ports and harbours, or improving the indigenous ship-building industry, and the like. This book has gone into these aspects at great length. I’m sure it will find good readership and will help the cause of national development.

Admiral Sureesh Mehta, PVSM, AVSM
Former Chief of the Naval Staff; Chairman, National Maritime Foundation;
High Commissioner of India for New Zealand

Thoughtful and perceptible effort in exploring the imperatives and challenges of the nation’s maritime infrastructure in a real time perspective. A three dimensional outlook on maritime policy, industry and security by competent and scholarly contributors. The expositions will be useful for reference to planners, practitioners and researchers alike.

– Dr. Prabhakaran Paleri, Former Director General, Indian Coast Guard

Adluri Subramanyam Raju, Coordinator, UGC Centre for Maritime Studies, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India

Adluri Subramanyam Raju

Part I: Maritime Infrastructure: A Background

1. Developing India’s Maritime Infrastructure: Recent Policy Initiatives
P.V. Rao
2. India’s Maritime Infrastructure: An Overview
Piyush Srivastava
3. India’s Maritime Infrastructure: Some Reflections
Adluri Subramanyam Raju
4. Modi Government’s Strategy and Action to Improve India’s Maritime Structure
Madhumati Deshpande

Part II: Ports, Shipbuilding and Shipping

5. India’s Coastal Security Architecture and Its Infrastructure: An Overview
P.K. Ghosh
6. Enhancing Coastal Shipping for Port-led Development
Vasudha Chawla
7. India and the World Container Ports
Jose Paul
8. Maritime Infrastructure Development and Hinterland Connectivity: Imperatives for India’s Act East Policy
M. Mayilvaganan
9. Chennai as a Maritime Cluster: Some Reflections
C.S. Anuradha

Part III: Security of Maritime Infrastructure

10. Nelsonian Focus and a Maritime Mindedness Towards Maritime Infrastructure Development
Sudhir Pillai
11. Indian Ports and Shipping: Strategic and Security Imperatives
Udai Rao
12. Security Imperatives for India’s Future Maritime Infrastructure
Prakash Gopal
13. India’s Maritime Security Challenges and Preparedness: Post 26/11
Sanjay Kumar