Maharashtra to build five new ports

New Delhi, Nov 29 | Updated: Nov 30 2006, 07:46am hrs
The Maharashtra coastline will soon have five new ports to cater to the needs of automobile and manufacturing industries. Special economic zones being set up in the state will also benefit from it. All the ports were being constructed on a built-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, state chief secretary DK Sankaran told PTI here.

The ports, coming up at Rewas, Dighi, Jaigarh, Ratnagiri and Vijaydurg, along the Konkan coastline will address needs of various industries in the region as well as those being set up across the state. Work on two portsRewas and Dighi has already started, he said.

The other three ports where the state government proposes to invite bids from private parties are Jaigarh, Vijaydurg and Ratnagiri.

We have already invited Expressions of Interest for these three ports and we hope things move forward at a quick pace now, he said. Maharashtra houses two of the countrys biggest portsJawaharlal Nehru Port at Nhava Sheva near Mumbai and Mumbai Port in the metropolis.

Addressing a press conference here, chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said 35 mega projects involving an investment of nearly Rs 35,000 crore were coming up in the state.