two-day conference of Senior officials by the Ministry of Shipping which
concluded here on Friday resolved to adopt a three-pronged approach by the
major ports to encourage export of agro and aqua products, invest surplus funds
in hybrid power like solar energy and desalination plants. All major ports will
acquire container scanners so that physical examination of boxes are reduced to
the minimum as part of ease of doing business by the Customs authorities.
brainstorming sessions were addressed among others, by Union Minister for
Shipping Gadkari and Ministers of State
for Shipping, Mansukh L. Mandaviya and P. Radhakrishnan, Secretary of Shipping
Gopal Krishna and Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman M.T. Krishna Babu.
Gadkari said as part of innovative ideas to pump in surplus funds, Kandla Port
which set up a 15 mw solar power plant had approached the Power Ministry for
permission to go for a 2,000 MW plant.
port adopts such a plan, power will be available at less than Rs 2.40 per unit
at a time when Jawaharlal Nehru Power Trust is buying at Rs 11 per unit. We
want that all the ports, including private ports, to take such initiative,” Mr.
Gadkari told reporters later.
three major ports at Kandla, Paradeep and Tuticorin had come forward with
proposals to set up desalination plants. He said such projects would provide
potable water at less than 3 paise per litre.
to Sagarmala Project, he said due to thrust areas identified by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, they were keen on reducing logistics cost under the ambitious
Sagarmala. Under the first phase, 576 projects had been taken up with an outlay
of Rs 8.7 lakh crore out of total allocation of Rs 16 lakh crore.
phase will be completed in three years. Part of it is on modernisation and
mechanisation of major ports involving an investment of Rs 1.4 lakh crore.
the ports world-class, container scanners would be made compulsory at all the
ports, he said.