The blue print for yet another series of expansion projects has been
finalysed to modernise the twelve state owned major ports at a cost of Rs
ninety thousand crores shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari announced.
Talking to newsmen he said a master plan for modernisation of major ports
besides the development of new ones has been finalysed. These ports are
catalysts of modern India the minister said adding as many as 142 expansion
projects have been cleared by the Ministry,
He said the major ports handled 326 million tonnes during the first six
months of the current financial year registering a modest growth of little over
three per cent over the corresponding period previous year.
Out of the 142 expansion projects to be implemented in major ports, nearly
sixty of them are under implementation in the ports. One project has been
completed he said.
He said the five major ports of Kandla, Paradip, JNPT, Mumbai and
Visakhapatnam handled nearly sixty per cent of major port's traffic.