The Hon’ble Minister for Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari along with Ministers of State for Shipping Shri P. Radhakrishnan and Shri Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed all the ongoing and future project plans of 12 Major Ports at the Review Meeting of Major Ports held in Visakhapatnam on 12 and 13th July 2018. Shipping Secretary Shri Gopal Krishna, IAS, alongwith Chairmen of 12 Major Ports were present during this review meeting.
The key focus of this review meeting was on driving the overall plan for the port-led-development under the Sagarmala projects, port performance and detailed growth plan for each of the 12 Major Ports going ahead.
Shri Gadkari also inaugurated five port projects worth Rs 1062 crores in Vishakhapatnam. In addition to this, he also laid the foundation stone for two port connectivity projects worth Rs 679 crores.
The projects inaugurated includes upgradation of existing iron ore handling facility at Outer Harbour of Vizag Port at a cost of Rs 580 crore awarded to ESSAR Vizag Terminals Ltd on DBFOT basis with revenue share of 31%. He also inaugurated the Development Berths at the inner harbour of the port at a cost of Rs 243 crores and Post Panamax Quay Cranes costing Rs.151 crores. The capacity of the two new berths is 6.39 MTPA and they will handle Panamax vessels of draft upto 14.5 meters. The two Post Panamax Quay cranes and four Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes have been procured to modernise operations and make them more efficient.
The cranes were commissioned in March 2018 in a record time of 12 months. They will lead to higher productivity of 27-30 moves per hour and are equipped with latest safety features.
Shri Gadkari also inaugurated the 4- laning of 4.15 Kms of port connectivity road – Phase-II, constructed at a cost of Rs. 77 crore. This will allow faster transportation of road bound cargo. Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI ) hold 50:50 equity in the project. Equity of Rs.20 crore by VPT is through Sagarmala.
The Minister also laid the foundation stone for two port projects worth Rs.679 crore. The first project was for construction of Grade Separator from H-7 area to Port Connectivity Road by-passing convent Junction at a cost of Rs. 60 crore under Sagarmala. The second project is for the development of 12.7 km road connectivity to VPT from Sheelanagar Junction to Anakapalli-Sabbavaram/Pendurti-Anandapuram road (NH 16) at a cost of Rs. 619 crore.
The connectivity will help the Port based cargo movement to avoid the city for both South and North bound cargo.