Works worth Rs. 1,235 cr. at Mormugao port soon

Special Correspondent

PANAJI: The south-Goa based Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), the country’s leading iron ore exporting major port, is in for major development works worth around Rs. 1,235 crore, including creation of additional cargo handling berths and cruise terminals, to be completed by 2012.

Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu announced various projects on Monday in the presence of MPT Chairman Praveen Agarwal. The Union Minister was here to chair the ninth meeting of the Maritime States’ Development Council.

Considering the growing iron ore exports from MPT, which last financial year handled over 35 million tonnes of ore exports, Mr. Baalu said the berth No. 7 at the MPT would be mechanised at a cost of Rs. 250 crore to help augment handling of iron ore and coal. There was also a proposal to develop Baina Bay in the port city at a cost of Rs. 300 crore, he added. Yet another proposal is to invest Rs. 200 crore for developing west of bay quarters and Rs. 450 crore for developing Vasco Bay with six berths to handle six million tonnes of bulk, liquid, container, passengers cruise terminal and off-shore survey facilities.

Mr. Baalu has requested Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to clear hurdles to facilitate MPT to complete the balance stretch of 5.2 km of the crucial four-lane road on National Highway 17B linking Venra industrial town to Mormugao port city.