The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has secured an in-principle approval for ₹2,037 crore to carry out infrastructure works for port connectivity. The plan has received a nod under the central government’s Gati Shakti, Sagarmala, and Bharatmala programs. Strengthening connectivity of these non-major ports will help traders and small importers as cities are growing and cargo evacuation from GMB ports through cities create a huge inconvenience to both residents and EXIM cargo operators.
The state government has sanctioned a ring road for Bhavnagar city where it will encompass the new port to the old stretch and the old port to the cable-stayed bridge stretch for speedy cargo evacuation. The project is to be jointly developed by the GMB, the urban development department, and the roads and buildings department. This 21.60km ring road will be developed at the cost of ₹297 crore as in Jamnagar and cargo evacuation from three ports is done through the city. For cargo evacuation, the government is developing last-mile road connectivity covering port approach roads through Valsura marine police station to Gulabnagar over bridge, spanning a distance of 6.67km.
At the request of the state government, the NHAI has considered developing a 23km long four-lane road from Navlakhi port to Pipalia junction under Bharatmala Pariyojna. The state government has also taken up the Hazira port railway connectivity development work. The GMB and the stakeholders of the Hazira area will develop a 33km DFC-compliant railway line to connect Hazira port to the Gothan Gaam DFC rail yard at an investment of ₹1,600 crore.