VPT to prepare revised feasibility report for Dugarajapatnam port: Shipping minister

VISAKHAPATNAM: The proposal to set up a major port at Duggarajapatnam in Nellore district appears to have hit a roadblock as both the central and state governments are yet to take up the mega project in the state.

Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari, in reply to a question posed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, stated that the ministry of shipping has instructed Visakhapatnam Port to prepare a revised feasibility report for the project in view of the AP government expressing its inability to meet the cost of the land, rehabilitation and resettlement, and external infrastructure cost.

The minister informed the Lok Sabha that the project development cost is estimated to be Rs 17,615 crore and the phase one expenditure is estimated to be Rs 6,091 crore.

“Though originally the land cost, rehabilitation and resettlement cost and external infrastructure cost were to be borne by the government of Andhra Pradesh, the state government has expressed its inability to bear these costs, which has impacted the viability of the project,” the minister stated.

The Dugarajapatnam Port in AP was announced along with the Sagar Port project in West Bengal during the Union budget of 2013. The Dugarajapatnam Port project was supposed to be the second major port to come up in AP after the Visakhapatnam Port in Andhra Pradesh.

However, sources at the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) said the mega port project is as good as shelved as the state government has expressed its inability to provide land and the central government has indicated that it will be unable to provide viability gap funding (VGF) to the project.

“When the central government made VPT a partner for the project, we were under the impression that VPT will have to use some of its internal resources for development of the port along with support from the central government in the form of VGF. The VGF is around Rs 3,000 crore and VPT will not be able to take the project forward on its own,” a senior VPT official said.

However, he said there has been no instruction as yet from the ministry of shipping for undertaking a revised feasibility report for the project as of now.

Meanwhile, industry sources said that the state government is already planning three minor ports in AP at Bhavanapadu, Narsapuram and Ramayapatnam. “Nellore already has a minor port operating at Krishnapatnam and the state government is keen on developing Ramayapatnam Port. So the state government may not want to acquire land and pay out compensation package for a project from which it may not get higher revenues as compared to a minor port,” said the CEO a shipping company.


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Prakasam Beaches to Get Facelift

Prakasam district is endowed with a vast coastline.

Yet it is not in a position to boast of a beach resort that can attract national and international tourists like that elsewhere in the country.

Realising that only by roping in private players in a big way the full potential of the unpolluted silver sands can be tapped, the State government has drawn up an ambitious plan to develop a string of beach resorts on the over 100 km coastline in the district to woo fun-loving people.

The beaches identified for development under public private partnership (PPP) mode include Ramayapatnam, Pakala, Kothapatnam, Motupalli and Voderavu dotting the east coast and the same had been declared notified areas for development of tourist infrastructure.

District Collector Sujatha Sharma said that private players would be roped in to create tourism infrastructure in a big way on the beaches and they would be entrusted with the job of maintenance as well.

“We have called for expression of interest (EOI) from interested private players by June 22 for development of beach resorts with water sports and other recreational facilities on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis,’ District Tourism Development Officer M. Nagabhushanam told The Hindu .

A Beach Festival would be organised at Kothapantam on July 11 and 12 to promote beach tourism in a big way and this would be followed by similar festivals in other beaches in the district, he said, adding boating and Moon Kayaking in the sea were among the activities the district administration wanted to encourage in a big way to woo adventure-loving youth

The Tourism Department would improve on PPP mode the facilities for tourists on top priority at Ramayapatnam, where a major seaport project is going to come up either in the public or private sector. Ramayapatnam has as a special tourist attraction American Baptist Mission Church constructed in 1874.

A ropeway had been proposed at the Obul Reddy Gundalakamma Reservoir where tourists could now enjoy a boat ride on the placid waters after a visit to the Venkateswara temple. A Deer Park near the famous pilgrimage centre of Malakonda and a tiger safari in the thick Nallamala forest would also be developed to promote eco-tourism, he added.

The beaches identified for development under PPP mode include Ramayapatnam, Pakala, Kothapatnam, Motupalli and Voderavu dotting the east coast

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LNG Terminal gets environmental clearances

Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao informed that environmental clearance for LNG Terminal at Ganagavaram Port was received from Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India.

The Chief Secretary on Saturday reviewed with the Officials of Ports, on the progress and status of the Ports in Andhra Pradesh. One major Port at Visakhapatnam and fourteen (14) non-major ports have been notified in Andhra Pradesh Coast line (974 Kms).

Ports in operation, Ports under development and upcoming Ports and Projects are discussed in the meeting. Kakinada Anchorage Port (by Govt. of AP), Kakinada Deepwater Port (M/s Kakinada Seaports Ltd), Gangavaram Port (M/s Gangavaram Port Limited), Krishnapatnam Port (M/s Krishnapatnam Port Com. Ltd), Rawa Port (Captive) (M/s Cairn Energy (I) Ltd.) are in operation. Machilipatnam Port (M/s Machilipatnam Port Ltd) is under development. Bhavanapadu Port, Narsapuram Port, Ramayapatnam Port are upcoming Ports.

Land acquisition for Machilipatnam Port survey was completed by the Krishna District Collector and the development of the port is already taken up and will be operational by 2017. Expression of Interest proposals are received for Bhavanapadu Port in Srikakulam District. A meeting was conducted on 23.04.2015 with qualified bidders to finalize draft document and the bidders were requested to furnish their views by 27.04.2015. Developer will be finalized by September, 2015. Request for Proposals for procurement of technical consultant to prepare Techno-Economic Feasibility Reports (TEFR) has been received on 04.04.2015 and the proposals are under scrutiny for Narasapuram Port, West Godavari District.

The consultant will be finalized in the 1st week of May 2015. Request for Proposals for procurement of technical consultant to prepare TEFR has been received and the proposals are under scrutiny for Ramayapatnam Port (Prakasam). The consultant will be finalized by 1st week of May 2015.

Secretary Infrastructure and Investments Ajai Jain and other Officials from Ports are attended the meeting.

Source: http://www.telugupeople.com/news/article_00096657_LNG_Terminal_gets_environmental_clearances__.asp

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PIL against Move to Drop Port at Ramayapatnam

HYDERABAD: A Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Hyderabad High Court challenging the decision of the Central government in dropping the proposal to establish a major port at Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district and finalising Dugarajapatnam in Nellore district for establishing the port.

The petitioner, Development Organisation for Socio Economic Change, an NGO represented by its president Chunduri Ranga Rao of Prakasam district, filed the PIL by submitting that establishment of port at Dugarajapatnam will cause immense threat to the ecological balance as the proposed site was surrounded by Pulicat Lake, Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary and Dry Season Bird Sanctuary.

The petitioner organisation stated that the Department of Space has already addressed a letter to the ministry of shipping informing that the establishment of a major port at Dugarajapatnam will be a serious security threat to the national defence and strategic establishments at Sriharikota such as Satish Dhawan Space Centre and Indian Space Research Organisation.

The PIL said that Ramayapatnam is free of these disadvantages, but the ministry of shipping has chosen Dugarajapatnam to establish the port for extraneous considerations.

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N Chandrababu Naidu Proposes Decentralised Development for Andhra Pradesh

n-chandrababu-naidu-proposes-decentralised-development-for-andhra-pradeshHYDERABAD: While deciding to locate the capital city of Andhra Pradesh ‘around Vijayawada’, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has proposed to ‘go for decentralised development of the state with three mega cities and 14 smart cities’.

Section 93 and the 13th Schedule of the AP Reorganisation Act promises certain educational institutions and infrastructure facilities to ensure balanced development of the successor state.

Naidu said in his statement placed on the floor of the Legislative Assembly yesterday that the state government has taken great care to ensure that these institutions and facilities are distributed evenly across different regions of the state.

The state government has identified lands and sent proposals to the Centre for approval of Agriculture University at Guntur, IIM at Visakhapatnam, IIIT at Kurnool, Tribal University at Vizianagaram, Central University and a satellite centre of AIIMS at Anantapur, NIT in West Godavari, AIIMS and NIDM at Vijayawada/Guntur, IISER and IIT at Tirupati and Petroleum University in East Godavari, the statement said.

In addition to these statutory commitments, the state government has prepared plans for the comprehensive economic development of Andhra Pradesh by making it a hub for manufacturing, knowledge-based activities, medical care and tourism, it added.

The centrepiece of the plans for the industrial development involves developing the entire Nellore-Vizag belt as part of the Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) and the Chittoor-Anantapur belt as part of the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor (CBIC).

In addition to the existing ports at Gangavaram, Kakinada, Krishnapatnam and Visakhapatnam, the state government proposes to develop ten more ports at Kakinada (second one), Machilipatnam, Dugarajapatnam, Bhavanapadu, Ramayapatnam, Meghavaram, Nakkapalli, Kalingapatnam, Bheemunipatnam and Narsapur.

The state government has prepared plans for the development of international airports at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati.

Source: ET

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Parties Join Hands to Press for Ramayapatnam Port

They say mega infrastructure project will spur growth in the backward district

 Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district where the demand for locating world-class port is gaining momentum.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district where the demand for locating world-class port is gaining momentum.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

The stir for locating a world-class port at Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district got a boost with leaders cutting across party lines joining the movement spearheaded by the Prakasam District Development Forum (PDDF) for realising the mega infrastructure project to spur growth in the district.

A roundtable conference attended by, among others, leaders of the TDP, BJP, CPI and the Congress on Saturday decided to impress upon Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu to lead a delegation to New Delhi to urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari for development of Ramayapatnam port, CPI district secretary K. Aruna and PDFF president Ch. Ranga Rao said while briefing newsmen on the conference.

”It is imperative to locate the second major port sanctioned for Andhra Pradesh at Ramayapatnam to attract industrial investments of over Rs. 1 lakh crore including in the proposed National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) and ancillary industries to unleash the growth potential of the region fully”, asserted senior TDP leader from Kandukur Divi Sivaram, who has been in the forefront of the stir ever-since the UPA Government’s reported decided to locate the port at Duggirajapatnam in neighbouring Potti Sriramulu Nellore district, overlooking security and environmental concerns.

”The BJP has committed itself in its election manifesto to develop Ramayapatnam port and there is no question of going back on this promise”, maintained BJP District General Secretary R.Ramanjaneyulu.

”Ramayapatnam Port with an initial investment of Rs. 8,000 crores is the need of the hour to put the entire successor state of Andhra Pradesh on the path of progress with port-based economic activities”, felt Communist Party of India State Deputy Secretary Mupalla Nageswara Rao.

Transportation cost on EXIM trade can be saved by locating the major port in Ramayapatnam, which is closer to several districts of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema and ensure dispersed development, added PDDF Secretary N.Ravikumar. Congress district unit spokesman Sashikanth Bhushan suggested that road and rail blockade stirs should be resorted to draw the Centre’s attention to the demand.

Source: TheHindu

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‘Announce time-frame to develop Ramayapatnam port’

The Centre’s announcement on the Dugarajapatnam major port in Nellore district a few days ago has triggered fears among the people here with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) representatives blaming it on the failure on part of the local people’s representatives.

The JAC leaders expressed concern that while the neighbouring district’s leaders could put pressure on the Centre to eventually get Dugarajapatnam port, the leaders of Prakasam district could not do anything with regard to their port. A Central team, which inspected three locations in AP in the past, finally selected Ramayapatnam for developing the port. At that time, the team also inspected Dugarajapatnam which was not selected eventually.

After the latest announcement, Congress MP Chinta Mohan said that the Dugarajapatnam port was going to be a major port which would be developed in over 5,000 acres. Following these announcements, the JAC leaders of Prakasam district started blaming the local representatives here.

JAC co-convener Rayapati Jagadeesh came down heavily on the people’s representatives of Prakasam district for failing to bring pressure on the Centre. He led several activists in burning the effigies of some leaders to register their protest against the Centre’s stand with regard to Ramayapatnam port.

Mr. Jagadeesh called upon the people here to join the struggle for bringing pressure on the Government to announce a time frame for the development of the Ramayapatnam port.

JAC members blame Prakasam district leaders for failing to put pressure on the Centre with regard to their port

source: thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/announce-timeframe-to-develop-ramayapatnam-port/article4710086.ece

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Suspense over location of port continues

Though the Union Finance Minister has announced a major public sector port for Andhra Pradesh along with one for West Bengal in the Union Budget 2013-14 for handling increased cargo traffic, it stopped short of announcing the location, to bring closure to the long pending proposal.

Thus, the suspense over which of the three locations, Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam, Duggirajupeta in Nellore and Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district would bag the major port continues.

The technical team deputed by the Centre visited all the three locations last year, and it apparently agreed with the State government’s view that Ramayapatnam emerged the most suitable location in view of the security concerns raised by the Navy with regard to Nakkapalli location while environmental issues came in the way of Duggirajupeta, which was close to the Pulicat lake and also Sriharikota Space Centre.

State government sources said that all the three locations were evaluated by the Central team and they rated Ramayapatnam as No.1 location of the three in their technical evaluation. Yet the administrative process had not been completed nor had the Centre sent any official communication so far of its choice.

“An announcement in the budget will take at least one year for the proposal to be actually grounded even after the location is finalised. However, we are still not sure of the location of the second major port in the State,” they added.

Andhra Pradesh, with its 1,000-km coastline, has great potential to develop ports. Gujarat with 1,600 km coastline has 40 ports, both minor and major as against four ports in the State including the major public sector port at Visakhapatnam. While ports in Gujarat handle 250 million tonnes of cargo, the major port in the State handles 50 million tonnes. The other three private ports are Gangavaram, Krishnapatnam and Kakinada.

SOurce: Hindu

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Ramayapatnam Port Work to Start Next Year

According to Municipal Administration Minister Mr. M. Mahidhar Reddy, the work on Ramayapatnam port in Prakasam district will begin in the New Year.

Mr. Reddy said the district was poised to witness tremendous growth on the industrial front with the coming up of the second major port in the State after Visakhapatnam.

A proposal for setting up a INR 3,000-crore industrial corridor was being considered, he added.

Development and welfare initiatives of the ruling Congress would help it score a hat-trick in the next general election, he said. The statutory backing given to the SC/ST sub-plans would boost the party’s prospects in future elections including the polls for cooperative bodies, he added.

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