67 Projects worth Rs 5,702 Cr approved to improve port infrastructure, connectivity: Shipping Min

New Delhi: In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today the Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) Mansukh Mandaviya said that an analysis of nationwide end-to-end logistics flows of all key commodities (~85% of all commodities) at ports was carried out, based on which the National Perspective Plan (NPP) for the Sagarmala Program was prepared in April 2016.

The Minister said that as a part of the NPP, a roadmap is developed for increasing Indian port capacity to over 3300 Metric Tons Per Annuma (MTPA) by 2025. Master Planning of 12 Major Ports has been carried out and 95 capacity expansion and port modernizations projects have been identified.

Major ports capacity has been re-rated with respect to global benchmarks as per berthing policy 2016 and effective capacity has increased by 293 MTPA after re-rating, he said, adding that global benchmarks have been adopted to improve the efficiency and productivity for major ports and 116 initiatives have been identified to unlock 100 MTPA of capacity at major ports.

Mandaviya further said an Action Plan for Coastal Shipping has been prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 2019. This action plan includes recommendations with respect to infrastructure creation required to increase the use of coastal shipping in India.

The Ministry of Shipping has approved 67 projects (at a cost of Rs. 5,702 crore) under the Sagarmala Program for financial assistance of Rs. 1,491 crore for improving port infrastructure and port connectivity, said the Ministry in a Press release.

Last week, Mandaviya had said in Lok Sabha that Rs 13,308 crore has already been spent in the last 3 years to develop infrastructure and increase the capacity of Major Ports.

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