New Delhi: Minister of Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha informed that the government has spent Rs 13308.41 crore in the last three years to upgrade major ports with different projects.
According to the ministry, the freight management capability of the major ports as on March 31, 2019 is 1514.09 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) which is sufficient to handle the export, Import and coastal cargo. The traffic handled by major ports during 2018-19 was 699.10 million tonnes.
“The projects, once awarded, are executed as per the relevant contractual timelines. These projects are monitored regularly at various levels in the concerned ports as well as in the ministry to ensure timely completion. Major ports submit monthly status report on projects to be awarded and projects to be completed to the ministry, which is reviewed regularly,” reads the reply.
The Infrastructure development and capacity augmentation of major Ports is an ongoing process involving construction of new berths and terminals, mechanization of existing berths and terminals, capital dredging for deepening of drafts for attracting large vessels, development of road and rail connectivity etc.