JNPT al­lo­cates funds for modern in­fra­struc­ture

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

JNPT ad­min­is­tra­tion is all geared up to pro­vide the req­ui­site modern in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices that will be re­quired for the 4th ter­mi­nal com­ing up at JNPT within next four years.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has ini­ti­ated a num­ber of projects while oth­ers are in the pipe­line to achieve the ob­jec­tive. Funds have been al­lo­cated for the de­vel­op­ment of world class in­fra­struc­ture.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, JNPT chairman Anil Dig­gikar said, “There is a need to up­grade the in­fra­struc­ture and ameni­ties at JNPT to in­crease global busi­ness. Sev­eral plans are be­ing im­ple­mented for the pur­pose.”

“The pri­mary among them is road-widen­ing work. To en­able easy move­ment of con­tainer con­sign­ments from JNPT, the four lane roads will be con­verted to 6 to 8 lanes. JNPT, na­tional high­way and CIDCO have to­gether formed a com­pany JNPT port road for the pur­pose.”

He added, “For speedy trans­port of goods through the sea, the depth of the chan­nel upto 34 km from the port will be in­creased upto 15 m. The project will cost an es­ti­mated Rs2029 crore.”

Work on the rail­way route which is part of the project has be­gun, he said. “In the sec­ond phase work on Vado­dara to JNPT rail­way route will be taken up. Rs200 crore will be spent for the pur­pose,”Dig­gikar said.

For the im­port and ex­port of con­tainer goods, a Rs 330 m ad­di­tional con­tainer jetty cost­ing Rs 600 will be con­structed. To han­dle ad­di­tional liq­uid con­sign­ments, a Rs 796 crore ter­mi­nal will be con­structed.

The cen­tral and state gov­ern­ment are for the first time plan­ning a con­cept of satel­lite port. The Rs 9167 cr project will come up in Wad­han area of Da­hanu in Thane dis­trict. It is ex­pected to be ready by 2023.

JNPT has also pre­pared plans for con­struc­tion of dry ports at Jalna and Vardha for easy trans­porta­tion of farm­ers’ and in­dus­tri­al­ists’ pro­duce and goods.

The Rs400 crore project will help build ware­houses over 185 ha land in Jalna and 160 ha ware­house in Vardha. The road be­low Panel fly­over is flooded, mak­ing it ac­ci­dent-prone.

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