India’s coastline which is spread across 7,516.6 km has its own benefits — one of it, namely, the cheapest and environmentally friendly mode of transport. Water Transport being an environmentally friendly mode of transport has been ignored by many governments, but the NDA government has started looking out at aspects like port development, connectivity, coastal shipping, and the development of coastal economic zones, which will help the country to develop its coastline.
So, the Free Press Journal has organised a panel discussion named ‘India’s Coastline – Engine and Wheel of Economic Growth’ in which questions like, how much has India achieved during the past four years? And how can India make all these sectors grow better and thus make India that much more vibrant will be discussed.
Here’s more about the speakers of the event:
Mr. Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports: Mr Rajiv Agarwal is the CEO and Managing Director of Essar Ports Ltd, one of the largest private port companies in India. He became CEO and MD of Essar ports in 2010. Rajiv Agarwal is a Chartered Accountant and has held key positions in industries like Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, Retail, Shipping, and Ports. Mr. Agarwal has been conferred with many awards like Maritime Personality of the Year’ 17 at Gujarat Star Awards, Port Personality of the Year’ 17 at Maritime & Logistics Awards, Maritime Standard Excellence Award’ 16 in Dubai for his contributions to maritime Sector. In the past, he has also won the CEO of the Year Award in 2009 at Asia Retail Congress and was among the finalists for Asia Business Leadership Awards, 2015 by CNBC.
Mr. Neeraj Bansal, IRS, Chairman, JNPT: Mr. Neeraj Bansal (IRS) is acting Chairman of government-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Mr. Bansal has been Deputy Chairman at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust since August 22, 2014, and serves as its Trustee. He belongs to Indian Revenue Service 1994-Batch and has worked in Income Tax Department across the country.
Y A Wanage, Deputy Chairman, MBPT: Mr Yashodhan A. Wanage, IRS (Customs & Central Excise:1995) assumed charge as Deputy Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust with effect from 21st March, 2015. He is B Tech. from IIT, Mumbai. He has received a number of awards and honors during his earlier tenures. Before joining Mumbai Port Trust, Shri Yashodhan Wanage has held the various important positions including that of Director General of Service Tax from June 2012.
Capt. Sandeep Mehta, President, Adani Ports & SEZ: Capt. Sandeep Mehta has an experience of 36 years in the maritime industry. His areas of expertise include International Logistics, Multi Cargo port operation, Global Shipping, Infrastructure development & Strategic infrastructure Management.
Mr. Anoop Kumar Agrawal, MD, IPRCL: Anoop Kumar Agrawal is the managing director of Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL). Agrawal started his career with Indian Railways in March 1989 and has been in the senior administrative grade (joint secretary level) since August 2008. Prior to joining IPRCL, he was group general manager at RVNL, Mumbai, from August 2010 to May 2016.
Mr. Anil Devli, CEO, INSA: Mr. Anil Devli is the CEO of the Indian Shipowners’ Association of India (INSA). A lawyer by profession, and is holding a key position in INSA an industry body with powers to issue no-objection certificates to applicants seeking licenses to hire and operate foreign ships along the coast from regulator Directorate General of Shipping.
Captain Sanjay Gupta, SVP (SHIPPING) PETRONET LNG LIMITED: Mr Sanjay Gupta is Senior Vice President (Shipping) at Petronet LNG Limited. Petronet LNG Limited, one of the companies in the Indian energy sector, has set up the country’s first LNG (liquefied natural gas) receiving and regasification terminal at Dahej, Gujarat, and another terminal at Kochi, Kerala.
Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker:
Nitin Gadkari: Nitin Gadkari is the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. The Union minister has undertaken many infrastructure projects and increased the pace of road creations. He increased the pace of road creation in the country from 2 km/day to 16.5 km/day in his first year and to 21 km/day in the second year.
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About India’s Coastline — Engine and Wheel of Economic Growth
The Free Press Journal in association with JNPT is organising a conference on INDIA’S COASTLINE – ENGINE AND WHEEL OF ECONOMIC GROWTH at ITC Grand Central, Parel in Mumbai on October 22, 2018 from 2:30 pm onwards. Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will be the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker