Indian Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, recently launched an online dredging monitoring system called ‘Sagar Samridhi’. The system was developed by the National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways, and Coasts (NTCPWC), which is the technological arm of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) in India.
The primary objective of ‘Sagar Samridhi’ is to enhance the monitoring regime for dredging contracts and focus on monetizing dredged material as part of the government’s ‘Waste to Wealth’ initiative. The system represents a significant improvement over the previous Draft & Loading Monitor (DLM) system.
The new system streamlines the monitoring process by integrating multiple input reports, including daily dredging reports and pre- and post-dredging survey data, to generate real-time dredging reports. It offers several features such as daily and monthly progress visualization, dredger performance and downtime monitoring, and location tracking data with snapshots of loading, unloading, and idle time.
The introduction of ‘Sagar Samridhi’ aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) and the Make in India initiative. The system is expected to bring about significant changes in project implementation, reduce the cost of dredging through the utilization of dredged materials, promote environmental sustainability, and enhance transparency and efficiency in port operations.
With the implementation of ‘Sagar Samridhi,’ major ports will be able to leverage the Online Dredging Monitoring System to improve project implementation, reduce operational costs, and achieve greater transparency and efficiency. The system’s capabilities include real-time dredging progress reporting, daily and monthly progress visualization, dredger performance and downtime monitoring, and detailed insights into the location tracking, loading, unloading, and idle time.