India: 12 Major Ports Identified Under Sagarmala for Future Cargo Handling

Port Master Plans for 12 major ports have been prepared keeping in view the requirements for cargo handling till 2035. A total of 142 Port Modernization and 30 Port Connectivity projects have been identified in the Master Plans. The objectives of these projects are to promote port led development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and cost effectively and efficient evacuation to and from hinterland.

These identified projects will be taken up over the next 20 years (till 2035) for implementation in phases.

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The details of 10 Projects received from the State Government of Gujarat, action taken thereon and funds allocated for the purpose are given below-

S.No. Project Name Project detail, Action taken and Funds allocated


Ro – Pax Ferry services between Ghogha and Dahej in Gulf of Cambay Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) requested Ministry of Shipping to fund 50% of the cost of Capital Dredging project for Ro-Pax Ferry at Gogha and Dahej in Gulf of Cambay under Sagarmala Programme. The capital dredging cost is Rs. 234 Crore.

The proposal was appraised by the Standing Finance Committee in the Ministry of Shipping  on 30thAugust 2016, and after approval Rs. 58.5 Cr. (50% of Rs 117 Crore) has been released, as first instalment, to GMB on 21st September, 2016.

2 Training programme  for skill development/capacity building of workers involved in Alang Ship Recycling activities Proposal was submitted by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) for Rs 30 Crore for 3 year training period.

Rs. 10 Cr. has been released to GMB on 19th Sept. 2016 for FY 2016-17 for safety training at Alang Ship Recycling yard.

3 Creation of dedicated coastal infrastructure i.e. Berth to promote movement of coastal cargo/passenger by sea at Porbandar Port Proposal with DPR, for 50% of project cost of Rs 37.0 Crore was submitted to the Ministry of Shipping (MoS).

This project is being processed in the Ministry of Shipping under Coastal Berth Scheme. Under the scheme 50% of the cost of the project is provided by the Ministry of Shipping. The proposal is under process for approval of the project.

4 Providing Broad Gauge Rail linkage to Old Bedi Port Pre-feasibility report has been submitted to Ministry of Shipping for 50% funding of total project cost of Rs 26.64 Crore.

Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has been advised to submit the Detailed Project Report (DPR); thereafter GMB will be provided the requisite funds for the project under Sagarmala Programme.

5 Providing alternative road from Bhavnagar to Sosiya – Alang Ship Recycling Yard Proposal along with Detailed Project Report (DPR) having total project cost of Rs 70.55 Crore was submitted to the Ministry of Shipping for 100% financial assistance to the project.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has confirmed that this is one of the 18(Eighteen) projects considered under Bharatmala, and the same has been informed to GMB vide letter dated 11th July 2016.

6 Jetty for coastal movement of cement, fertilizer at Navlakhi Gujarat Maritime Board(GMB) has been informed that following documents are required before taking a decision with respect to funding of the project:

·  Detailed Project Report (DPR);

·  sanction of the Competent Administrative Authority;

·  commitment letter for remaining 50% funding from GMB

The documents are awaited from GMB.

7 Development of Marine Shipbuilding Park In a meeting held on 16th May 2016 in the Ministry of Shipping, Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) was suggested to ascertain the demand for shipbuilding in the current market situation.

GMB has appointed consultant for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Marine Ship-Building Park at Old Port, Bhavnagar. GMB has stated that, upon receipt of DPR, which is due in December 2016, technical feasibility and financial viability of the project would be known and thereafter it will be submitted to the Ministry of Shipping for consideration.






Central Scheme for providing assistance to Major ports and Oil Handling non-major ports under State Maritime Boards/State Govt. for combating Oil Pollution and for mitigating measures. Proposal under the scheme for the identified Gujarat Port was submitted for Rs. 65 Crore for procurement of Pollution Response Equipment.


The proposal received from Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has been forwarded to Indian Coast Guard for categorisation of ports for extending assistance under the Oil Pollution response for procurement of Pollution Response Equipment.

9 Maritime Cluster in Gujarat The Government of Gujarat proposed to locate the country’s first Maritime Cluster within the GIFT City, Gandhinagar.

The draft master plan for the maritime cluster is prepared under Sagarmala Programme and is under finalisation. Of the two sites selected, GIFT City and Bhavnagar region in Gujarat is one of the sites for development of maritime cluster. The draft master plan has been shared with GMB for their observations and their inputs are being incorporated in the final master plan.

10 National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) Proposal is to establish a world class National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) to showcase India’s rich and diverse maritime heritage.


Expectations from Govt. of India:

·         Appointment of a Consultant for International Maritime Museum;

·         Statutory permission and No Objection Certificate(NOC) from Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) for development of Archaeological Museum;

To consider this as a special project and financial assistance from Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism;

·  To provide guidance on the project planning and implementation.


Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has already initiated the process of selection of consultant for NMHC. MoS is also constituting a sub-committee for content development. The action for selection of Director NMHC has also been initiated. Maritime and Heritage Complex Committee under Chairmanship of Secretary (Shipping) will provide guidance on project planning and implementation.


This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon.  Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Reference: pib.nic

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