State targets 2 times cargo handling in 5 years – The New Indian Express
Express news service
VIJAYAWADA: With the aim of doubling the cargo handling capacity in its ports over the next five years, thereby increasing its income from foreign exchange, the state government is doing everything to develop more ports and improve infrastructure needed over the next two years.
Three ports – Ramaiahpatnam, Machilipatnam and Bhavanapadu – under development in the public sector and one port – Kakinada – in the private sector will be essential to achieve the goal. Work on the port of Ramaiahpatnam in Prakasam district, a new port under the state government, is accelerating. Land acquisition for phase I of port development is complete.
The construction of the port will be carried out by a joint venture formed by Navayuga Engineering Co Ltd and Aurobindo Realty and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd in two phases. In July, the joint venture signed an agreement with the state government for Rs 2,634.65 crore for the development of Ramayapatnam Port in EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) mode.
For the port of Bhavanapadu in Srikakulam, a DPR has been approved and tenders have been issued. The process should be completed by the end of October. As there has been no response to the tenders for the port of Machilipatnam, officials, expecting a positive outcome, are issuing a new tender. Aurobindo Reality and Infrastructure Private Limited, the largest shareholder of the Kakinada SEZ, is developing the Kakinada Deep Waters port and the Kakinada Gateway port.
“In addition to the new ports, the focus is on developing infrastructure such as connecting major hubs to highways and railways and setting up multimodal logistics hubs,” said Auszad Shaki, Managing Director (Business Development ), AP Maritime Board.
More than 100 different works undertaken with multi-crore investment from the Center under the Sagarmala project by different government departments are expected to improve infrastructure and increase cargo handling capacity in different ports in the state. .