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Coastal Shipping to get a boost as Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Karwar Port get Grants-in-aid from the Centre under Sagarmala Coastal Berth Scheme

The Shipping Ministry has sanctioned Rs 25 Crore as Grants-in-aid to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and a sum of Rs 50 Crore to Karnataka Government for the development of infrastructure at Karwar Port  under the Coastal Berth Scheme. Both the projects are part of the flagship programme of the Central Government, Sagarmala.

The Coastal Berth Scheme aims to provide financial support to Ports or State governments for creation of infrastructure for movement of cargo and passenger by sea or national waterways. The admissible financial assistance from Central Government  is 50 per cent of the total cost of the project subject to some conditions. The scheme also stipulates outer limits for project funding.

The funding pattern will be as follows. A maximum of Rs 25 crore for projects relating to construction/up-gradation of coastal berths by Major/Non-Major Ports, a maximum of Rs 10 crore for construction of platforms/jetties for hovercrafts & seaplanes by Ports/State Governments and passenger jetties in National Waterways and islands by State Governments, a maximum of Rs 15 crore for mechanization of berths by Major/Non-Major Ports,

Under this scheme the Central government  will provide a maximum amount of Rs 50 crore for capital dredging of operational Non-Major Ports and a maximum of Rs 50 crore for construction of breakwater for existing  or Greenfield Ports. The balance expenditure has to be incurred by the respective Ports or the concerned State Government from their own resources.

The project at Jawaharlal Nehru Port involves construction of a coastal berth (270m x 30m) and port craft jetty, reclamation and capital dredging in coastal berth. The estimated project cost is Rs. 170.20 crore and the project would be completed by March 2019.

The proposed berth at JNPT is expected to handle about 2.5 million Tons of the coastal traffic which includes coastal liquid traffic. It will facilitate easy and quick coastal movement of cement and edible oil through green channel, allow for about 45 hectare of storage space in  the vicinity of the berth. The Coastal berth can also double as a Container Terminal.

The project at Karwar Port in Karnataka involves extension of the existing Southern breakwater by 145 metres and construction of a new North breakwater of 1160 metres.  The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 215.00 crores and it is expected that the Port authorities will complete it in three years.

The Karwar Port is situated between New Mangalore Port and Mormugao Port. It is acclaimed as one of the best natural all weather ports on the West Coast and provides all weather berthing facilities for Ocean going vessels. It is the only Port owned and administered by the Karnataka Government. At present, the Port provides simultaneous berthing of 3 ships of 6.5 metres draft with 510 metres long jetty

The proposal for 2nd stage development of Karwar Port involves an extension of the existing Breakwater by 145 metres and construction of a new northern Breakwater of 1160 metres.  The expanded project will allow greater tranquility for the berthing and return of the vessel to the Arabian Sea and reduce the turnaround time of loading and unloading activities.  

The expansion project will also support the construction of more berths with vertical face in 2nd stage development of Karwar Port.  Construction of the Breakwater will reduce the rate of siltation too and help maintain required draft for safe navigation activities. The deeper draft will allow berthing of larger PANAMAX vessels. Karwar port houses the country’s naval base.

The expansion at both the ports will result in increased shipping activity, employment generation and overall improvement in the socio-economic condition in the hinterland.

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