Four Non Major ports to come up in the state sector in Andhra Pradesh
The Andhra Pradesh government has set in motion setting up four Non Major
Ports in the state sector to meet the ever increasing demand of cargo mostly
agricultural products estimated at around 350 million tons in the next four
The four ports Bhavanapadu, Kakinada Sez, Machilipatnam and Ramaypatnam
will come up in the state sector North to South covering every part of the
hinterland in Andhra Pradesh.
The AP government has approved on August 25th, the Detailed Project Report
(DPR) of the phase-1 works of Bhavanapadu port in Srikakulam at in Northern
Andhra Pradesh, at an estimated cost of Rs 3,669.95 crore.
Special Chief Secretary (Infrastructure and Investment) R Karikal Valaven
released orders of the government a few days ago. The State Cabinet had given
its nod for the development of the port recently.
Government also has
accorded administrative sanction to take up its phase-1 works
Besides approving the DPR prepared by RITES for the development of
Bhavanapadu Non-Major Port under landlord model through the Bhavanapadu Port
Development Corporation Limited (BPDCL) under the supervision of the Andhra
Pradesh Maritime Board (APMB), the government also accorded administrative
sanction to take up its phase-1 works.
The Orders said the State government is keen on developing four non-major
ports to cater to the increasing demand of various types of bulk and container
cargo, which may likely to increase to 300-350 million tonnes per annum by
The projects are Bhavanapadu Port in Srikakulam District, Kakinada SEZ Port
in East Godavari, Machilipatnam Port in Krishna District and Ramayapatnam Port
in Prakasam District. Kakinada SEZ Port has been awarded to GMR SEZ Gateway
Pvt. Ltd. RITES was engaged in preparation of DPRs for the development of
Bhavanapadu Port in Srikakulam and Ramayapatnam Port in Prakasam district.
Andhra Pradesh, which has 974 km-long coastline, the second longest in the
country, has 16 non-major ports and one
major port at Visakhapatnam. Of the 16, four —
Kakinada Port, Ravva Port, Krishnapatnam Port and Gangavaram Port — have
already been developed.