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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate three significant infrastructure projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore at a ceremony on January 17, 2024, in Kochi, Kerala. The unveiling will take place at the Wellingdon Island and will include the New Dry Dock Facility at the Cochin Shipyard, the International Ship Repair facility at Wellingdon Island, and the Indian Oil Corporation’s LPG Import Terminal at Puthuvypeen.

The New Dry Dock facility, constructed at a cost of Rs 1,799 crore, stands as the country’s largest dry dock. Capable of accommodating LNG Carriers, large vessels, and oil rigs, it features a dual purpose, equipped with a 600-tonne gantry crane for ship construction and repairs. Eliminating dependency on foreign countries, this facility is set to play a pivotal role in constructing and repairing large and specialized ships and marine structures.

The International Ship Repair facility at Wellingdon Island, built at a cost of Rs 970 crore, is designed with six workstations, allowing simultaneous repair of six vessels. This facility positions the nation as a major ship repair center and contributes significantly to enhancing the ship repair capacity of the country, establishing Kochi as a key hub in this domain.

In addition, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Rs 1,236 crore IOC LPG Import Terminal at Puthuvypeen, catering to the LPG requirements of southern India. This project will streamline LPG distribution through road and pipeline transfers, benefiting bottling plants in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Anticipated to result in an annual logistic savings of Rs 150 crore and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 18,000 tonnes per annum, this initiative marks a sustainable stride towards energy efficiency.

With the commissioning of these projects, India’s maritime industry is set for robust growth, self-sufficiency, and enhanced global prominence. The infrastructure boost aligns with the government’s vision for a more resilient and progressive nation.

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New Delhi: The “Women for Water, Water for Women” initiative, a groundbreaking project conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in collaboration with the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) and the Odisha Urban Academy, concluded with remarkable success on its third day, November 9, 2023. This transformative campaign, conducted under the flagship program Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), was aimed at promoting women’s active involvement in water governance.

Spanning three days, the campaign witnessed the enthusiastic participation of more than 14,000 women from various regions of the country (excluding poll-bound States), who actively embraced “Jal Diwali.” Throughout the campaign, these empowered women embarked on visits to over 530 Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) across the nation, gaining invaluable firsthand insights into the intricate processes involved in delivering clean and safe drinking water to households.

State officials extended a warm welcome to the Self-Help Group (SHG) women, recognizing their pivotal role in the campaign’s resounding success. Field visit kits, containing essential items such as training manuals, water bottles, sippers, eco-friendly bags, and badges, were generously provided to all participants.

During the course of the campaign, women delved deeper into the realm of water infrastructure, receiving expert guidance on water quality testing protocols, and actively conducting these tests themselves. This newfound knowledge equips them to ensure the highest standards of water purity for their communities, reflecting a profound sense of ownership and responsibility toward water infrastructure.

The core focus areas of “Jal Diwali” encompassed acquainting and educating women about the extensive impact of the AMRUT scheme, providing comprehensive exposure to Water Treatment Plants, and fostering inclusivity through souvenirs and articles crafted by Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs). Additionally, participants pledged their commitment to conserving and responsibly utilizing water resources, a crucial step toward sustainable water management.

The combined endeavors of SHGs and State officials hailing from 29 States/Union Territories represent a significant leap toward inclusivity and women’s empowerment in the vital realm of water infrastructure.

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