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Center reprimands West Bengal for going it alone on building Tajpur Major Port

The Central Government has reprimanded the West Bengal government for going ahead with the construction of Tajpur deep sea port without central assistance as a private port tapping investment from abroad.

Constructing a port without Central assistance is not possible due to requirement like rail connectivity which is the sole domain of the Railway board said Union Minister of state for port and shipping Mr Shantanu Thakur who has been elected to the lok sabha from West Bengal.

Centre was ready to develop the port jointly with the WB govt Thakur said

Mr Thakur said the central government is ready to develop the Tajpur deep sea port project jointly with the West bengal government if the latter agreed to the proposal. The Chief Minister and the state government have to take a decision in this regard the Union minister during his recent interaction with the media  in Kolkata.

If the state government agrees to give land in compliance with all conditions, the Centre is ready to build a port at Tajpur. The West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation has however asserted that several Indian and foreign companies were interested in developing a deep sea port at Tajpur.

 As per the earlier proposal, the Central Government had zeroed in on Sagar Islands in West bengal to build a major port. The decision to build the port was taken during the UPA regime nearly 15 years ago. But West Bengal Government preferred the port to be set up at Tajpur. Meanwhile the Modi government assumed office and relations between the central and west bengal government has soured. The Sagar Island Port project was given up but the port project at Tajpur is yet to take off.

Last seven years, no Greenfield Port project has taken off

During the last seven years no Greenfield Port project has taken off though the NDA government had announced way back in 2015 to set up six green field ports in the country. None of them have taken off .

In-principle approved in 2015 Colachel project shelved

The Sagar Island port project got shelved along with a green field port project in Andhra Pradesh.  The transshipment terminal at Colachel near the Southern tip of the country, for which the Union Cabinet had given a in principle approval way back in 2015, has also been shelved. The Dahanu Port project conceived as the satellite port of JNPT has got enmeshed in environmental issues but the centre is determined to go ahead with the project.

The same political will is not forthcoming from the center in so far as east coast greenfield ports said industry sources.

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