India needs to overcome challenges to become a maritime power: Prez Murmu

India needs to overcome several challenges, including addressing infrastructural and operational challenges of the country’s ports, before it can fully exploit the maritime potential, President Droupadi Murmu said on Friday.
Though the conservative apprehensions about crossing the sea cost us dearly, India had to come out of the yoke of 200 years of colonial rule. It became more focused on continental development, forgetting that continental development and maritime development are mutually complementary, she said.
“We, of course, also lacked the economic and industrial resources to fully establish a strong maritime presence,” the President said while speaking at the 8th convocation of the Indian Maritime University (IMU), Chennai.
Before the country could fully exploit the potential of this sector, India should overcome several challenges. “For example, a lot of container ship cargo is diverted to nearby foreign ports due to depth restrictions. In the merchant and civilian ship …

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