India’s Gateway to Future Growth



Anil Yendluri, Director and CEO, Krishnapatnam Port, Andhra Pradesh, India


Andhra Pradesh state did not have a world-class sea port for a long time, but the creation of Krishnapatnam Port provided a much-needed fillip and led to marked economic growth in the region. Maritime activity picked up with exports growing tremendously from the agri-based hinterland and imports for manufacturing and industrial belts in the region. Krishnapatnam Port’s story is a good case study in the Indian maritime history of how a port, in less than 7 years, has managed to create a name in global maritime trade.

Krishnapatnam Port is one of India’s fastest growing seaports. It has emerged as a world-class port with outstanding services, facilities and is fast becoming a port of choice for all international cargo originating from and destined for southern and central India. Krishnapatnam is a deep-water, all-weather port with 24/7 annual operations being developed on a build-operate-share-transfer (BOST) basis in a public-private partnership mode between the government of Andhra Pradesh and the Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited, promoted by C.V.R. Group.

The port is currently in its seventh year of operations and it is growing rapidly. We have embarked upon a series of initiatives to modernise services and enhance capacity. Infrastructure-wise, the port is braced for a hinterland cargo rush through its handling capacity, high draft and strict environment emission control measures. The improved infrastructural features and facilities of our port are
highlighted below.

Port connectivity

o Road connectivity:

  •  A four-lane road of 25km from the port to NH5 (Chennai-Kolkata highway)
  •  A dedicated over dimension cargo (ODC) road around the port for handling project cargo

o Rail connectivity:

  • Krishnapatnam Rail Co Ltd (KRCL) ‘SPV’ formed for rail connectivity to port and 26km of double rail line connecting Venkatachalam Station…

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