Work in progress on 74 projects under NMDP
Of the total NMDP projects envisaged, 50 have been completed at a cost of Rs5717.28 crore, in 74 work is in progress, at a cost of Rs16502.68 crore, work at 16 projects have been approved at a cost of Rs3100.33 crore, but are yet to be awarded, 29 projects have been firmed up, costing Rs11561.39 crore, they are under the process of approval, 82 projects worth Rs19878.20 crore are under preliminary planning stage and 25 projects worth Rs5961.41 crore have been dropped. The information was revealed at the second meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Shipping. The Chairman of the Committee and Minister of Shipping Shri GK Vasan initiated the discussions.
Following information was further given during this meeting:
Andaman would soon be notified as a Major Port to join the league of the existing 12 Major Ports, which handle close to 72% of the total sea borne traffic of India.
The Major Ports together have, as on 31 March 2010, a Cargo handling capacity of about 599.00 Million Tonnes.
The traffic handled at these ports during 2009-10 was 560.97 MT, a growth of 5.74% despite global slow down and recessionary trends.
In the Ports sector, 276 projects were identified to be taken up under NMDP for implementation between 1 April, 2005 and 31 March 2012, involving an investment of around Rs. 55804 crores at 2004-05 prices.
With a thrust on Public Private Partnership, these projects aim at all-round development of the ports.
The projected traffic of Major Ports during 2011-12 is 615.70 MT, and a capacity of about 800 is required to meet this traffic.
Of the investment envisaged for the Ports, Rs3609.00 crore comes through Budgetary Support, Rs13771.54 crore through the port’s internal resources, Rs34505.34 crore, through private sector and Rs3917.85 crore from other sources including investments by Ministry of Railways, NHAI, etc.
On completion of NMDP, an addition of 402.91 MT capacity is envisaged by 2011-12, and the overall capacity of major ports is expected to reach 800.41 MT.
In the Shipping sector, Indian tonnage, as on 1 April 2010, is 9.61 MGT, ranking 17th in the world.
Indian tonnage has steadily increased after the introduction of tonnage tax.
NMDP has 111 projects worth Rs44535 crore in the shipping and inland water transport sector involving investment of approximately Rs. 44535 crore: of these 13 projects worth Rs. 3117.83 crores have been completed and 47 worth Rs6913.80 crore are under implementation
The members called for early and time bound completion of all NMDP projects to avoid cost overruns. The members also discussed and gave suggestions on various sector related issues including Cruise Shipping, the Floating University concept, utilization of the Andaman Port to develop trade with Thailand, betterment of the existing ports, shortage of pilots, shortage of training institutions, security of Indian vessels and security of Indians working in ships registered abroad, social and corporate responsibility of ports and major shipping corporations, land disputes at ports etc.