Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has laid the foundation stone for the long awaited Machilipatnam port,
The task to build the all-weather multi-purpose port has been bagged by Navyuga Construction group. The deep water sea port, centrally located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the Krishna district ofAndhra Pradesh is a grand project that is well poised to kick-start the local economy thereby uplifting the social eco-system ofthe area.
Port based SEZs, powerplants, industries, ancillaryunits etc. are also planned in the ports vicinity.
Spread across 4800 acres, the first phase is expected to be complete and operational in record time of 18 months. With four berths to be operational after the first phase of construction, Machilipatnam will have 40 million tonnes capacity in 1st phase when complete 150 million tonnes. The port will handle multiple cargo’s like Container, bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, general cargo and project cargo.
The project is expected to generate employment opportunities entailing 80,000 direct jobs and indirect jobs.
Speaking on the occasion, the NRCL Managing Director Chinta Sridhar said, “Having successfully undertaken several port development projects, we are poised to achieve the distinction of being the largest developer and operator of ports in India. We aim to develop the port in a record time of 18 months. Given Machilipatnam’s access to prominent international waterways, the project will be a significant catalyst in positioning India strategically as a global international trading hub.
The port will herald a new era of economic activity and dramatically transform the lifestyle of the localities by generating umpteen business and employment opportunities.” Strategically located, Machilipatnam will be the gateway for most international trading activities of central India.
It will not only caterto Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, but also extend the logistics benefits to Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Karnataka. It is well connected with roads & rail connectivity with national grid. The port enjoys shortest distance connectivity with Inland Container Depots(ICDs) as compared to any other port on the east coast of India.