Shipping Ministry has announced the extension of
coastal berth schemes under Sagar Mala for a further period three years up to March 2020 and urged the
ports and the state governments to avail of the scheme and augment coastal
berth capacity in the country. The Ministry has also extended the scope of the
project to cover Capital Dredging at major ports and preparation of Detailed
Project Report for coastal berth projects .
The Ministry which is implementing coastal berth
projects for the last few years has taken up works in both major and state
owned ports to the tune of rs 2302 crores. The decision to extend the deadline
and expand the coverage was taken in consultation with the Department of
Expenditure of the Union Finance Ministry and Niti Ayog recently.
The home state of the Shippping Minister Nitin
Gadkari, Maharashtra tops the number of coastal berth projects cornering as
many was 12 of them followed by Karnataka six, Kerala and Tamil nadu put
together 3, Gujarat 2 and West bengal 1
In Tamil nadu, two coastal berth projects have
been taken up at Chennai and Cuddalore ports. The construction of coastal berth
at Chennai port ran into rought weather due to rock formation on the coast.
There has been both cost and time over runs and the berth is likely to be ready
by middle of next year. The coastal berth project at Cuddalore is taken up
jointly with the state government and is progressing smoothly.
Out of the 47 coastal berth projects identified
in the country's coastline, funds have been released for 23 projects. The
remaining 24 projects are under various stages of development and process of
The recent beneficiaries of the scheme include
Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Maharasthra and Karwar and New Mangalore Ports in
Karnataka. While rs 25 crores have been sanctioned for a coastal berth in JNPT,
a sum of Rs 115 crores were sanctioned for Karnataka government for extension of Southern breakwaters,
construction of new Northern breakwaters and construction of coastal berth at
Karwar Port (Navy) and construction of coastal berth and capital dredging in
New Mangalore Port.
The coastal berth scheme aims to provide
financial support to Ports and State governments for creation of infrastructure
for movement of cargo and passengers by Sea or National Waterways. The
admissible financial assistanced from the central government is fifty per cent
of the total cost of the project subject to a maximum of Rs 25 crores for
projects relating to construction or upgradation of coastal berth by both major
and non major ports, maximum of Rs ten crores for construction of platform or
jetties for hovercrafts or seaplanes by ports, state governments and passenger
jetties in National waterways and
islands by state governments.
The Shipping Ministry will release a maximum of
rs fifteen crores for Mechanisation of berths in both major and non major
ports, Rs fifty crores for capital dredging of major and operational non major
prots, Rs fifty crores for construction breakwaters for existing and greenfield
Financial assistance will also provided for the
preparation of Detailed Project Reports for the projects to be under considered
under the scheme. The construction of passenger jetties also includes
construction of terminal building and allied infrastructure. The balance
expenditure has to be borne by the respective Ports, concerned state
governments including State Maritime Boards from their own resources.
When all these coastal berth projects are
completed, it will help to increase coastal shipping's share in domestic cargo
movement in the country.Better infrastructure for coastal shipping will
decongest rail and road network besides ensuring cost competitive and effective
multi modal transporation solutions.The country has high potential to use
coastal shipping for its internal cargo movement given its 7500 kilometer long