Vishakhapatnam Port is poised for major expansion, with the Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurating several projects during his visit to the port on Thursday August 18, 2016.
He also inaugurated the commissioning of 6.25 megawatt out of 10 megawatt solar power plant.
The power generated from this plant is meeting the captive consumption of the port and the excess power is proposed to be sold by third party agreements.
The Minister has also inaugurated a liquid cargo berth – EQ-10 developed by M/s.AVR Infra Pvt., Ltd., on Private Sector Participation with a capacity of 1.84 million tonnes per annum and a Multi cargo berth – WQ-6 developed by M/s.ABG Infra Logistics on Private Sector Participation with a capacity of 2.08 million tonnes per annum.
Shri Gadkari also laid the foundation stone for the project “Reconstruction of old EQ-2,3,4&5 berths into two new berths of 530 meters quay in the inner harbor” taken up with port’s internal resources and a capacity of six million tonnes.
He also reviewed the progress of two berths ‘WQ-7&8’ under construction taken up by port with internal resources at a cost of Rs. 243 crores and capacity of 6.39 million tonnes.
The union Minister reviewed the performance of the port and the progress of developmental projects. He also reviewed the dredging projects executed by the port, which were taken up to enhance the draft of the inner harbour to 14.5mts to enable Panamax vessels berthing and outer harbour to 18.1 draft to enable berthing of Super Cape vessels berthing.
Later, the Honourable Minister held discussions with the stakeholders of the port. He suggested to the Government of Andhra Pradesh to install a sewage treatment plant for treating the city sewage before letting into the port limits to avoid water pollution.
The Honourable Minister informed that the pollution levels have been considerably reduced consequent to various mechanisation projects.