Ma­jor ports’ ca­pac­ity to be in­creased

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Min­is­ter of Shipping, Road Trans­port and High­ways Nitin

Gad­kari has said that the gov­ern­ment has an am­bi­tious plan to en­hance over­all cargo han­dling ca­pac­ity at the coun­try’s 12 Ma­jor Ports from the cur­rent 800 mil­lion tonnes (mt) to 1.6 bil­lion tonnes over the next five years, for which an ac­tion plan has al­ready been drawn up.

“The 12 ma­jor ports have al­ready drawn up an ac­tion plan for an ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity of 500 mil­lion tonnes, with projects of 350 mil­lion tonnes due to com­mence dur­ing this fis­cal year (2014-15),” the Min­is­ter said.

The gov­ern­ment had ear­marked a to­tal of 72 projects for the sec­tor un­der pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP) mode, of which 28 projects cost­ing 8,945.86 crore have been com­pleted, he in­formed.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter of State for Shipping Kr­is­han­pal Gurjar said that in the ports sec­tor, 44 projects worth 30,221 crore were at dif­fer­ent stages of com­ple­tion un­der PPP mode. Em­pha­sis has been given on im­proved op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency and con­nec­tiv­ity.

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