Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have cleared the decks for the Rs 10,000-crore satellite port project at Dahanu, a joint venture between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and the Maharashtra government. The two leaders are meeting on Friday to thrash out details.
The government is determined to complete the port in a time-bound manner.
“JNPT will share 75 per cent of the cost, and the state government 25 per cent,” government sources said.
“We are going to give the go ahead to Dahanu satellite port,” Gadkari confirmed. The Centre is considering three ports in the state, at Vijaydurg and Revas, besides Dahanu.
“JNPT is congested. Bombay Port has its own limitation being within the city limits,” he said.
Fadnavis said that the government had accorded the highest priority to fast-tracking of ports in the state.
The bulk of the pressure is handled by just JNPT and more ports are needed to cater to the growing demand. Recently, Fadnavis had said that the Congress-NCP government had in the last 15 years failed to give any impetus to development of ports. Gadkari said, “Existing ports are not adequate to meet the challenges.”
Neighbouring Gujarat has developed its ports in the last decade. A senior government official said, “The state, however, is not competing with Gujarat, which has given major thrust to ports in the last decade. Maharashtra is addressing its own cargo concerns.”
Gadkari also assured a dedicated freight container corridor between JNPT and Delhi, eight-laning of the Mumbai-Pune Highway and expansion of the Mumbai-Goa Highway to facilitate smooth container traffic to JNPT.
On Thursday, Gadkari cleared most of the hurdles in the Mumbai-Goa Highway project. Instead of seeking a relocation of villages on the route, he suggested diversion in some cases and an elevated route.