Odisha urges for port de­vel­op­ment

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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.

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