Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that Baba Sahab Bhimrao Ambedkar was a architect of the water and river navigation policy in India.
Speaking at Maritime India Summit 2016 in Mumbai, Modi said, “Today is 125th birth anniversary for someone who lived and worked in Mumbai, Dr. BR Ambedkar. Dr. Ambedkar is the architect of the water and river navigation policy in India. Dr Ambedkar emphasised on importance of new waterways policy to lay foundation for a regime of prosperity for millions of poor of India.”
Modi said that his government was committed to reviving and restoring India’s position of eminence in the global maritime sector.
He said, “We want to modernise ports and integrate them with SEZs, Port based Smart Cities, Industrial Parks, Warehouses and Logistics Parks. I call upon the global business community to partner with us to give shape to a process of port led development.”