Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: A proposal of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) becoming an equity partner in Mangalore Special Economic Zone is before the Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and its examination is in final stages, said Rakesh Srivatsava, joint secretary (Ports), of the Ministry here on Monday.

Speaking to presspersons he said: “The SEZ authorites can utilise the port land but the land title will not be transferred. However, this proposal is yet to be finalised.” The Ministry was keen to develop a software to access the status of land use by various ports, he said.