NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (independent charge) Mansukh L. Mandaviya has said that as many as 92 projects have been sanctioned to Andhra Pradesh under the Sagarmala project at a cost of Rs. 85,576 crore.
Some of these projects have been completed, some are under implementation and others under consideration, said Mr. Mandaviya while replying to Rajya Sabha member V. Vijaya Sai Reddy.
Giving the breakup, Mr. Mandaviya noted that 22 projects with the theme of port modernisation were initiated at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,717 crore, 54 projects were undertaken at a cost of Rs. 47,854 crore under the connectivity enhancement head, 10 projects at a cost of Rs. 32,053 core as part of port-led industrialisation and nine projects with the theme of coastal community development were initiated at a cost of Rs. 952 crore.
The projects undertaken at the Visakhapatnam port are being done under the auspices of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT). Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) have been prepared for construction of passenger jetties at Barua and Kalingapatnam ports in Srikakulam district and Bheemunipatnam in Visakhapatnam district.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approved the extension of the port connectivity road from Sheelanagar in the city to the Anakapalle–Anandapuram NH-16 bypass road at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,352 crore. The proposal for construction of a 4-lane road from the Gangavaram Port to Atchutapuram SEZ, and the widening of the Gangavaram Port–Gajuwaka NH-16 from the existing four-lane to a six-lane road are under consideration. The other projects under consideration are Gangavaram Port to VPT four-lane coastal road project and construction of a flyover from the Sea Horse junction (Old Town) to the dock area.
Mr. Mandaviya also explained that the development works on the Centre of Excellence in Maritime, Shipbuilding in Visakhapatnam have been completed at a cost of Rs. 574 crore. He said that approval had been given to the development of a four-lane road from the Outer Harbour to the Convent junction at a cost of Rs. 500 crore