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No second thoughts on Great Nicobar Port, says Sarbananda Sonowal

"An area of land has already been earmarked for their protected habitation. There are also steps being taken to take care of the coral zone and mangroves"

Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways
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Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways

Dhruvaksh Saha

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The shipping sector will be crucial for reducing India’s cost of logistics to 7-8 per cent of GDP. Despite the rapid pace of infrastructure development, several of these projects face criticism because of their environmental impact. The Rs 72,000-crore Great Nicobar Island development is one such project. The Union minister for ports, shipping, and waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, tells Dhruvaksh Saha the Centre is confident about going forward with it. Edited excerpts:

Great Nicobar Transhipment Port has been under scrutiny over environmental concerns. Are there any second thoughts on the project?
 
We have no second thoughts on the project. The expression

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First Published: Mar 26 2023 | 11:28 PM IST

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