The government of Andhra Pradesh is planning to develop 13 minor ports on which will have a capacity to handle 200 million tonnes to aid development of the state. Odaveru port’s DPR had been completed and Bhavanapadu, Kalingapatnam and Narsapur ports are likely to be developed first and more ports are to be developed between Vizag and Kakinada. Currently, the state has Vizag a major port, Kakinada, Machlipatnam, Gangavaram, Krishnapatnam and other small fishery ports.
Kerala which has many waterways has lost prominence over years. Cargo movement by waterway is ideal with congested roads and considering the importance 12th finance commission has allocated Rs.2550 million. No progress had been made and the shipping ministry has called for state government to initiate steps to develop waterways. For more details, click here
According to ministry of shipping sources, in the last 5 years, traffic handling capacity of major ports have gone up by 48%. Indian ports are registering a growth despite recessionary trend across the world. Around 72% of traffic was handled by major ports while the rest is by non-major ports. For detailed press release click here
In order to speed up developments, government of India had identified major area where private sector can participate with prior consultation with central government. Some of them are a) leasing out existing area b)construction of additional terminals c)setting up captive power plants d) dry docking etc., The detailed guideline can be downloaded here