Sagarmala project aims to promote port-led direct and indirect development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. In March 2015, the Union Cabinet gave its ´in-principle´ approval for the concept and institutional framework of Sagarmala Project. The project aims to enhance the capacity of major and non-major ports through modernization. Efficient ports are likely to led economic development. The project comprises optimizing the optimizing the use of existing and future transport assets and developing new lines/linkages for transport (including roads, rail, inland waterways and coastal routes), setting up of logistics hubs, and establishment of industries and manufacturing centres to be served by ports in EXIM and domestic trade. The project would lead to developing access to new development regions with intermodal through expansion of rail, inland water, coastal and road services.
On 2nd July, 2015 Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, has chaired a review meeting of the Sagarmala initiative. The project consultants are appointed to carry out the National Perspective Plan Study as part of the Sagarmala initiative. During the review meet, the consultants gave a presentation.