26 February, Chennai
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari on Monday laid the foundation stone for setting up a National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC) at IIT-Madras.
The NTCPWC, supported by the Sagarmala project, would work to modernize India’s ports and fast track waterways and it would be a strategic and innovation -oriented initiative tasked with bringing in cutting-edge technology to India’s ports, waterways and maritime Sector.
The NTCPWC would work as the technology arm of Ministry of Shipping providing the needful technological support to ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and other institutions. It would focus on technological innovations and evolution of new ideas and breakthroughs for the port, waterways and maritime sector and provide effective solutions to an extensive range of problems being faced in the industry through scientific support and carry out education, applied research and technology transfer.
The inception of NTCPWC was an answer to a key need and signifies a major leap in indigenous and cutting-edge technology support in the port and maritime sector.
IIT-Madras signed a MoA with the Shipping Ministry for setting up the NTCPWC in the presence of Mr Gadkari and Union Minister of State for Transport and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan at an event held at IIT-M.