Gujarat: Sonowal lays foundation stones of projects worth Rs 270 crore at Deendayal Port

24 January, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, inaugurated and lay foundation stones for projects worth Rs 270 crore at Deendayal Port in Kandla, Gujarat.

Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, inaugurated and lay foundation stones for projects worth Rs 270 crore at Deendayal Port in Kandla, Gujarat.

In the presence of Shantanu Thakur, MoS, MoPSW, Shripad Naik, MoS, MoPSW, and other senior dignitaries, the minister inaugurated oil jetty no. 7 at Deendayal Port, Kandla.

Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways said in a statement that “The jetty will enhance the liquid handling capacity, by 2.00 MMTPA, of mainly edible oil, fulfil future requirements and will reduce the turnaround time of the vessels. This T-shaped jetty is 110 m long and 12.40 m wide and can handle large vessels upto 65,000 DWT and 14 m depth. The project has led to indirect employment of around 1,000-plus and direct employment of about 250-plus, during the construction phase.”

“The foundation stone of three projects namely the Development of the backup area from oil jetty 8 to 11 worth Rs 98.41 crore; the Development of four-lane road from LC236B to CJ- 16 worth Rs 67 crore; Construction of a dome-shaped storage shed in cargo jetty worth Rs 39.66 crore were also laid by Sonowal,” the ministry added

During this occasion, Sonowal said, “these projects will enhance Port Infrastructure along with boosting its logistics performance as well as the overall Economic Growth for its entire hinterland. They will also improve the cargo handling capacity of the port along with further improvement in the turnaround time of the ships and faster evacuation of the cargo”.

He said ”Deendayal Port is the number one port of the country in terms of cargo handling and through these projects, its capacity will be increased which will be beneficial for the entire region.”

It should be mentioned that, as part of its commitment to the development of India’s port sector, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has selected 74 projects totaling Rs 57,000 crore under the Sagarmala initiative in the state of Gujarat.

15 projects worth Rs 9,000 crore have been finished; 33 projects worth more than Rs 25,000 crore are being implemented; and 26 projects worth Rs 22,700 crore are in the planning stages. These initiatives are being carried out by central line ministries, key ports, the state marine board, and other state organisations.