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Yet another ambitious port development programe announced by shipping minister Nitin Gadkari

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.


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