The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, launched the ‘Sagar Samriddhi’ online dredging monitoring system as part of the ‘Waste to Wealth’ initiative of the ministry. The National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC) developed the system, which replaces the old Draft and Loading Monitor system and offers improved efficiency and transparency.
About Sagar Samriddhi
- It is an online dredging monitoring system.
- The new system aims to tighten the monitoring regime for dredging contracts and also focus on monetising dredged material.
- It is part of the government’s efforts to expedite the ‘Waste to Wealth’ initiative.
- The National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), the technological arm of MoPSW, developed this system.
- The new technology brings marked improvement against the old system of the Draft and Loading Monitor (DLM) system.
- The Sagar Samriddhi monitoring system will facilitate future monitoring at the major ports in the country, aiding in project implementation and cost reduction.
- The system will aid in daily and monthly progress visualisation, monitor dredger performance and downtime monitoring, and keep track of location data.
- The system will bring in synergy among multiple input reports like daily dredging reports, and the pre and post-dredging survey data before processing and producing real-time dredging reports.
The ministry aims to develop major ports into trans-shipment hubs with deep drafts of over 18 meters as part of its Maritime India Vision 2030.
Major Ports would be able to utilise the Online Dredging Monitoring System. By using that they can bring significant change in project implementation and bring down the cost of dredging through use of the dredged materials.
This will help in environment sustainability and will bring down the operational costs of the ports, bringing in more transparency and efficiency.
It is expected that the monitoring system will enable better productivity, improved contract management, and effective reuse of dredged material with the waste to wealth concept.
Sarbananda Sonowal launches ‘Sagar Samriddhi’