Centre proposes to develop 8 Non Major Ports
NEW DELHI: The Government proposes to develop non-major/small/medium ports in order to boost Coastal Shipping in the Country. Financial support is being provided to Major Ports/ Non-Major Ports/State Governments for creation of infrastructure to promote movement of cargo/passengers by sea/National Waterways under central sector scheme ‘Assistance to Coastal Shipping Berths’. This Central Sector Scheme has been merged with Sagarmala Programme with the approval of Ministry of Finance with effect from 06/9/2016.
Five projects of coastal berth have already been sanctioned at a cost of Rs.190 Crore with central share of Rs.105 crore and proposal of worth Rs.480 Crore for 29 projects are submitted by the State Govts. The State Governments are taking active interest in the scheme. The details of projects and present status thereof are given below:
Andhra Pradesh - Construction of nine Passenger Jetties. Present status, DPRs for two passenger jetties at BHEEMUNIPATNAM and KALINGAPATNAM have been submitted and are being examined by Ministry of Shipping. The remaining DPRs for other passenger jetties are yet to be submitted by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
Gujarat - Dedicated coastal berth for passenger/cargo by sea at Porbandar Port. Present Status - Administrative approval of the Govt. of Gujarat is awaited.
Tamil Nadu - Extension of passenger berthing facility at Kanyakumari Port. Present Status - DPR is under preparation.
Goa - Construction of nine passenger jetties. Present Status - DPR is under preparation.
Maharashtra - Construction of nine passenger jetties. Present Status - Proposals are under process for approval in Ministry of Shipping.