Ministry of Shipping to invest Rs. 14,225 crores on various Port Projects
As part of the modernization process, Ministry of Shipping had hired a consultant for benchmarking the efficiency and productivity of major ports in India vis-a-vis international standards and suggest roadmap for improvement. A total of 101 recommendations were made by the consultant regarding improving the operations and efficiency of the Major Ports. These recommendations are under various stages of implementation.
Here, it must be noted that 26 investment projects with an investment of Rs. 10,543 crores and capacity of 155 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) were approved in 2014-15. During 2015-16, a total of 30 projects are to be awarded which will involve an investment of Rs. 14,225 crores and capacity enhancement by 162 MTPA.
The Ministry has also taken note of B.K. Chaturvedi Committee recommendations which stress on the need to increase draught of Major Ports to at least 14 meters, and in ports where it is technically feasible and economically efficient, the draught should be increased to 17 meters so that these ports can be developed into hub ports. The Ministry has taken initiatives to increase draft at Major Ports. All Major Ports except two namely VOC Port and Kolkata Port can handle 14 meter draft vessels. Dredging work is being carried out to increase the draft by 18 meters in order to cater to capesize vessels in two Major Ports namely Mormugao and Kamarajar . The investment in these dredging projects is estimated to be to the tune of Rs. 793 crores.