Rosaiah to write to Centre offering land for the
port may be located between Vizag and Kakinada
Andhra Pradesh is likely to get a second major port,
ranking after Visakhapatnam, along with a shipyard, as the Centre is on the
lookout for a suitable site along the State's 975-km coastline.
Capt P. V. K. Mohan, chairman, National Shipping Board,
gave this indication at a meeting with Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and Ajeya
Kallam, chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust, here on Wednesday. The project
would offer jobs to over 25,000 people.
Mr. Rosaiah will address a letter to the Union Government
offering the land required for the project. Besides, he will also request the
Shipping Ministry to inspect the State's coastline to select a suitable site.
Sources said that the port may be located between
Visakhapatnam and Kakinada. An industrial corridor Petroleum, Chemical and
Petro-Chemical Investment Region (PCPIR) is being developed along the coast
between these two places.
During the meeting, Mr Rosaiah instructed officials to see
that this opportunity was not lost.
Reviewing ports and airports works earlier, the wanted
steps to begin work on the supply of piped gas to Hyderabad, starting with
NALSAR Colony in Shamirpet from next month, as scheduled.
Port security panels
The officials informed him that once the AP Maritime Board
was set up in the State after the Legislature adopted the relevant legislation
during its next session, port facility security officers and port security
advisory committees would be appointed for all ports.
gave the green signal to continue the policy of developing ports and airports
through the public private partnership mode by offering land on long lease,
providing tax incentives and facilities like roads and power and water supply.