The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has identified the stretches from Bhavnagar to Ghoga, Jamnagar and Bharuch for developing greenfield ports, while new shipyards would be developed in areas such as Jakhau-Mandvi, Dwarka-Porbandar, Porbandar-Mangrol, Mangrol-Veraval and Mahuva, it is learnt.
GMB, an autonomous state board, administering and regulating the 41 state-owned non-major ports of Gujarat, is now in talks with consultants who would work on analysing the feasibility and also prepare detailed project reports for the same.
Two consultants have reportedly been identified and discussions are on with them. One of the consultants to be appointed would work on the Gulf of Khambat side and South Gujarat, while the other would work in the Saurashtra region and Kutch, a GMB official said.
Gujarat, with the longest coastline amongst maritime states in the country stretching 1,600 km, already accounts for 74 per cent of the traffic by all non-major ports in the country, handling 309.9 million tonnes (mt) of traffic in 2013-14.
The capacity across the ports had increased by 11.4 per cent CAGR from 146 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2003-04 to 387 mtpa in 2013-14, with utilisation rate increasing from 61 per cent to 80 per cent during the period.
It has been reported that the GMB has already planned for greenfield ports at Chhara (to be developed by Shapoorji Pallonji), Nargol (Cargo Motors), Dahej (Sterling Biotech), and Vansi-Borsi (yet to be awarded).
As far as the development of shipbuilding yards was concerned, it is learnt that nine shipyards with proposed investment of around Rs 2,100 crore have been approved by the state government and are at various stages of implementation.
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