The shipping ministry is set to launch the National Perspective Plan (NPP) by January next year, aimed at comprehensive and integrated development of coastline. The proposed NPP will identify potential geographical regions to be called coastal economic zones (CEZs), a spatial-economic region around a group of major and minor ports, which could extend along 300-500 km of coastline and 200-300 km inland from the coastline.
Detailed master plans will be prepared for CEZs to identify projects. Officials said 14 CEZs have been identified across several states and perspective plans are under development.
The shipping ministry is in talks with state governments besides coordinating with the ministries of railways, road transport & highways, coal, power, steel, petroleum & natural gas, and department of industrial policy & promotion to provide necessary inputs.