Centre to build Rewas port in Maharashtra

    port in Maharashtra
    The Union government is taking over the building work of the Rewas port in Maharashtra where it is stretching across 27.75 km-long and 300 metres wide area. The port will be develop and run at Rewas in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, just 10 kms away from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), as a long delay in building the port awarded in 2002 to Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries forced the central government to take over the project, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said recently reiterating that this as an example of the central government pitching in to develop infrastructure projects that have been delayed due to dilly-dallying by private investors. Mumbai Port Trust, JNPT and Maharashtra Maritime Board will jointly take over the development of Rewas port project, said Mumbai Port Trust chairman Sanjay Bhatia. The first phase of the new port to be constructed on inter-tidal and government land, involved 9 cargo-handling berths with a capacity to handle 66 million tons (mt) of cargo a year. The port was to start operations on a 50-year contract beginning October 2010. MMB has transferred 839 hectares of inter-tidal zone (ITZ) land required for the project to Rewas Port. In the second phase, Rewas plan to add 16 more berths, taking the total cargo handling capacity to 198 million tons. In the third and final phase, the port’s master plan provides for adding 45 more berths, expanding the total capacity to a whopping 457 million tons. The port will have a depth of 14.5 metres in the first phase which would be increased to 16 metres in the second and 20 metres in the third phase, he added.
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