‘RAK interested in setting up port near Nakkapali'

Attempts are being made to alienate prime land: Samata

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), a constituent of United Arab Emirates, which hit headlines several times for its interest for business ventures in AP, has now shown keen interest to develop a port near Nakkapali.

The port is proposed as part of improving connectivity for the industries being set up in the region, a senior official told The Hindu. RAK, which has a major stake along with Penna Group in Anrak Aluminium Limited, is understood to have evinced keen interest to acquire land for developing two berths to start with.

Sources said RAK wanted to take up the project under Public, Private Partnership scheme and use the facility as a captive jetty for the alumina refinery and smelter complex as part of strategy to cut down freight cost.

“We got the information that there is an attempt to hand over prime land for development of a port to RAK near Nakkapali,” Samata executive director Rebbapragada Ravi said. Samata is opposing bauxite mining in the district on environmental grounds.

Anrak has acquired 1925 acres comprising 266 acres of government land and 1658 patta land in the face of stiff resistance from local communities and political parties. It has obtained sanctions to set up 1.5 million tonnes alumina refinery, 2.5 lakh tonnes per annum smelter and 90 MW captive power plant in Makavaram mandal in the district. It is not yet known how Visakhapatnam Industrial Water Supply Company would meet its commitment to supply 10 MGD to Anrak when it is imposing cut on supply to the existing clients.

The Department of Port had announced its plan to develop a chain of minor ports in North Andhra but later it put its plan on the backburner.

The much-hyped Mutyalammapalem Port project was shelved to allow sufficient anchorage for different types of cargo required by Gangavaram Port Limited, which is operating five berths under PPP as part of its first phase project built at a cost of Rs.1800 crores at Gangavaram.

The State Government's argument, at the time of cancelling port project at Mutyalammapalem was that there should not be two ports in close vicinity.

  • RAK, along with Penna Group, has a major stake in Anrak Aluminium Limited
  • Anrak has acquired 1925 acres comprising 266 acres of government land and 1658 patta land

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