Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is giving topmost importance to develop its blue economy.
While inaugurating several projects in Kochi, he said, "Our vision and work in this sector include improving infrastructure on current ports, more ports, offshore energy, sustainable coastal development and coastal connectivity.
"Tourists come to Kochi not only as a transit point to go to other parts of Kerala and the spiritual, market, historical and other such places are widely known, he remarked.
He highlighted that in the World Tourism Index, India's ranking has jumped from 65th to 34th.
In a bid to reach out to the Indian diaspora in the Gulf, he said the country is proud of them and assured them of his government's full support. Referring to the plight of Indians who were languishing in jails in the Gulf countries, the Prime Minister said governments of many gulf nations have over the last few years released several such Indians after the intervention of his government.
"Our government will always speak up for such people", Modi said. The Prime Minister thanked the governments of various gulf nations for their sensitive approach on this subject.
Modi dedicated to the nation a Rs 6,000 crore petrochemical complex of oil major Bharat Petroleum in Kochi and Ro-Ro vessels of Inland Waterways at Willingdon Islands, asserting these projects would energise India's growth trajectory. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Cochin Port Trust's International Cruise Terminal and Cochin Shipyard's Vigyana Sagar, a campus for Marine Engineering Training Institute.
He also laid the foundation stone of Cochin Port Trust's South Coal Berth and said these projects covered a wide range of sectors and will energise India's growth trajectory.
(With inputs from Agencies)
(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)
First Published: IST