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