Govt. pushes Rs.40,000-cr port projects

    Port Projects
    As part of the multi-pronged strategy to enhance country's cargo handling capacity, the Ministry of Shipping has cleared six new mega ports under the ambitious Sagarmala Project entailing a staggering investment of Rs. 40,000cr. The program has been aimed at modernizing India's port sector to cater to the emerging cargo handling demand scenario. The National Perspective Plan (NPP) for the much hyped project-new infrastructural facilities as the green field ports included Sagar in West Bengal, Paradip Outer Harbour in Odisha, Enayam in Tamil Nadu, and Vadhavan near Dahanu bordering Gujarat and Maharashtra. As part of the Sagarmala Project, detailed master plans are being worked out for all the new major ports. The new Vadhavan Port, estimated to cost around Rs. 10,000cr, will help ease the congestion in the present shipping capacity. The Vadhavan Port currently handles about 40% of the total container traffic in India. The new port will be able to handle 40 to 60 million tonne of cargo every year. The current capacity of the port is 4.16 million tons per year. The proposed Paradip Outer Harbour Project’s estimated cost is around Rs. 8,200-cr which is to be developed to facilitate the coastal shipping of thermal coal for power plants in southern and western India.
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