Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari has asked Minister for Shipping and Ports G. K. Vasan to consider the plea of Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) on restrictions imposed on transfer of land, either on lease or some other form to the concessionaires.

Following Draft Directives for Land Management by Major Managerments-2012, the Cabinet Secretariat has kept normal leasing of port land under abeyance vide orders dated August 8, 2012.

The Minister said for land leases by ports for projects received under Private Public Participation route, the restriction should not be enforced.