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50 projects completed under NMDP till Mar 31, 2010


Fifty projects have been completed under the National Maritime Development Programme (NMDP) in the Port Sector at a cost of Rs5717.28 crore as of March 31, 2010. Another 74 projects are under progress envisaging an investment of Rs18502.68 crore. The information was given by the Minister of Shipping, Shri GK Vasan in Rajya Sabha.
He further informed that out of the total investment of Rs55804 crore in the Port Sector, a major portion of investment is envisaged to come from the private sector. To attract and encourage private sector investment in the Port Sector, the Government of India has finalised Model Request for Qualification (RFQ), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Model Concession Agreement (MCA) to ensure uniformity and transparency in the bid process.
New guidelines for upfront fixation of tariff have also been finalized for berths and terminals to be bidded out to private operators so that prospective bidders are aware of the projected revenue flow from the concerned project.

The existing National Maritime Development Plan (NMDP) was conceived in 2005. The status of NMDP projects upto 31/03/2010 is as follows :-
Project completed – 50 amounting to Rs5717.28 crore
Work in Progress – 74 amounting to Rs16502.68 crore
Approved but Work yet to be awarded – 16 amounting to Rs3100.33 crore
Firmed up and under process for approval – 29 amounting to Rs11561.39 crore
Under Preliminary planning stage – 82 amounting to Rs. 19878.20 crore
Dropped – 25 amounting to Rs5961.14 crore

Since the NMDP is approaching its 2011-12 Milestone, it has been decided to create a New Perspective Plan for the Maritime Sector upto 2020. The New Plan would have year-wise project for 10 years period covering the 12th plan and initial period of 13th Plan. The New Plan would include Policy-framework for stimulation of capacity expansion as well as growth of maritime sector, supplementary projects for ports development from other infrastructure ministries like, National Highway Authority of India, Roads, Railways, Inland Waterways, Dredging Mechanization and Modernization Plan of Major Ports and Non-Major Ports, etc.
The Ministry of Shipping has constituted a Sub-Group and Core Working Group for preparation of Perspective Plan 2020 in the Port Sector in India. The Terms of Reference for both the groups is given below:-

The Terms of Reference of the Sub-Group:
1. To review draft National Maritime Policy which was prepared in 2005 and suggest changes, if any in tune with the developments that have taken place after 2005.
2. To identify specific schemes/projects and other measures which are necessary to give a concrete shape to the vision and strategy to be laid down in the
document upto 2020.
3. To ascertain, compile & suggest the method of financing of the Port development projects in the Perspective Plan 2020.
4. To prepare macro level traffic projections for the overall port sector including major and non-major ports upto 2020.
5. To suggest and prepare a plan of action for the capacity requirements to meet the projected traffic upto 2020.
6. To formulate projects in consultation with Major Ports and Maritime State relating to capacity building, hinterland connectivity, dredging, mechanization
and other related developmental issues.
7. To analyze the trends in various sectors namely, Coal, Steel, Fertilizer, Hydrocarbon, Food, Power and Mines and inter-link the sectoral demand with that of port traffic projections.
8. To suggest reformatory measures both legislative as well as organizational in the port sector to meet the emergency challenges in the future.

The terms of reference of Core Working Group:
1. To consolidate inputs received from various Ministries, Major Ports and Maritime States.
2. To prepare write-up for various chapters of the Perspective Plan.
3. To follow-up for the required information with the Ministry, Major Ports and the 3 Groups at the time of preparation of Draft Report.

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