Govt highlights focus on enhancing cargo handling capacity, smart cities near ports & PPP projects

May 20, 2015 11:43 am Published by

With the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government almost completing one year in power at the Centre, it is showcasing its successes.

Highlighting the achievements in the infrastructure sector during the last one year, a release pointed out that the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways has been intently focusing on capacity addition, awarding 10 port projects worth Rs 9,376.43 crore under public-private partnership (PPP) mode in 2014-15. These will add 95.11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to the cargo-handling capacity of Major Ports.

It also touched upon the plan to develop multi-purpose berths at the Major Ports and the ambitious focus on developing smart cities associated with the ports, which would have separate industrial and residential zones.


As regards the road sector, the release said that when the new government took over, road construction was going on at a pace of two km per day, which has risen to 12 km per day now, and would be 30 km per day in two years.

The Centre wants to award projects worth about Rs 3,00,000 crore through PPP, hybrid or engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model in the next six months, the release emphasised.

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