Expansion, modernization and upgradation of Major Ports in the Country is a continuing process to keep them abreast with new technologies and to meet their commercial requirements. The process inter-alia involves construction of new berths and terminals, mechanization of existing berth and terminals, capital dredging for deepening of drafts for attracting large vessels in port channels, road and rail connectivity etc.
Under the Sagarmala programme of the Government of India, 142 port projects for various Major Ports have been identified for modernization and infrastructure development. These infrastructure projects will be implemented on PPP basis with major part of the cost being met by the ports from their internal resources and the remaining from private sector partners.
Government Budgetary Support (GBS) is provided to ports in respect of some of the projects, basically relating to capital dredging, connectivity etc. Non-Major Ports fall under the jurisdiction of State Governments who plan these activities with regard to them. The GBS granted to the various Major Ports under the Annual Plan of the Ministry during the last three years and the current year is as under:
(In Rs. Crore)
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This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.