Major ports’ capacity to be increased
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.