Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced projects for Maharashtra including three new major ports,
commencement of work on the Expressway between Mumbai and Vadodara and a Freight
Corridor linking Indore with Manmad, all meant to increase connectivity to
Ports in the West Coast.
made the announcement at a pre budget meeting organized by a business daily on
January 19 and it comes in the wake of concerns expressed by the shipping
industry that ports in the west coast especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat are
over worked while their counterparts in the East Coast are working fifty per
cent of their capacity. The absence of rail connectivity from North India to
east coast ports is attributed to poor performance of ports,
the six new ports under consideration of the ministry, one was earmarked for
Maharashtra at Dahanu. The project was meant as a satellite port for the
overworked JNPT. Now the Minister has
announced two more new major ports for the state. He however did not mention the
location, where two ports will come up in Maharashtra.
Minister who is also in charge of the highways said Work on the eight lane Expressway
linking Mumbai with Vadodara in Gujarat will start next month. This will
involve an investment of Rs 44,000 Crores.
Rs six thousand Crore project between Indore and Manmad to provide hinterland
connectivity to West Coast ports will soon be taken up by the Indian Port Railway
said Jawaharlal Nehru Port which has emerged as India’s biggest Container Gateway
Port has allotted six plots to investors in its proposed Port based Special Economic
Zone. This will involve an investment of Rs six thousand Crores and generate
employment to forty thousand people.
State owned companies of the Shipping Ministry including eleven major Ports are
expected to earn a net surplus of Rs seven thousand Crores during the current
Union Cabinet, he said is expected to clear a proposal to allow use of ethanol
as fuel for vehicles to cut down the country’s huge annual crude oil import
bill of Rs seven lakhs crores.