India: Major Ports on Right Track

As per the Working Group Report for 12th Plan for the Port Sector, Traffic to be handled by Major Ports is estimated at 943.06 million tonnes and at 815.20 million tonnes by Non-Major Ports as against present level of 560.15 million tonnes handled by Major Ports and about 370.00 million tonnes handled by Non-Major Ports.

To meet the above projected demand, both major ports and non-major ports have conceptualized various capacity augmentation schemes with an estimated investment of Rs.180626.63 crores during 12th Plan. The estimated capacity by end of 12th Plan will be 2686.66 million tonnes.

The Government has requested all Coastal States in the Country to explore the possibility of setting up of a new Major Port or new Ship Building yard or as a composite Port-cum-Ship building yard in their States and submit a comprehensive proposal.

Proposals have been received from State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat.

Technical Committees have been constituted to identify a suitable location for development of Major Ports proposed by State Governments of Andhra Prasdesh, Kerala and Karnataka. The Technical Committee has submitted its report in respect of Andhra Prasdesh.

The above information was given by the Union Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


Dredging Today Staff, May 21, 2012;