Odisha urges for port development
Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha, Government of India, has asked the Centre for infrastructural development of ports and improvement of evacuation infrastructure in Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) under the Sagarmala project with the aim to give a boost to coastal shipping in the state.
“Odisha has three major ports at Paradip, Gopalpur and Dhamra. We need good rail and road connectivity to these ports, else we won’t be able to meet the target of inland shipping,” said Padhi.
Stating that Paradip port has incurred excellent growth last year and its coastal shipping record is also good, the chief secretary said, “Better infrastructure would enhance port connectivity and encourage coastal shipping of commodities to reduce overall logistic costs.” “Existing railway infrastructure for evacuation of coal from MCL also needs to be revamped to enhance transportation. The heavy-haul rail corridor from Talcher to Paradip and Dhamra ports, would also be a major breakthrough for rail-port connectivity,” he added. India lags far behind in ports and logistics infrastructure. Against a share of nine per cent of railways and six per cent of roads in the GDP, the share of ports is only one per cent.