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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Tenders: Development Of Ramayapatnam As Tourism Destination

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited
Hyderabad – Andhra Pradesh – India
Arrived on 03 January 2012 18:16:31 IST
The Superitending Enginner Of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh invites tenders notice for development of Ramayapatnam as tourism destination in Prakakasham district.

Notice Type: Tender Notice
Tender Scope Domestic
Tender Value INR 2,64,35,422/-
Project Period 9 Months
EMD INR 2,64,400/-
Category Industrial Development Agencies
Products Development Work
NIT/Tender Document : Click here to view tender document
Document Fees: INR 8,748/-

Dates to Remember

Publish Date 03-Jan-2012 2:15 p.m.
Document Sale Starts 02-Jan-2012 4:00 p.m.
Document Sale Ends 09-Jan-2012 1:15 p.m.
Due Date 12-Jan-2012 2:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Contact Person: The Superitending Enginner
Company Name: Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited
Address: Tourism House 3-5-891, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad
Hyderabad – Andhra Pradesh India
Phone No: +91-40-23262151

Other Details: More Information Click here

Tender Reference No. 44/3/2011-12

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Port proposed in Prakasam

Prakasam district will dev-elop in the New Year if the Union government sanctions a port at the seacoast village of Ramayapatnam.

Prakasam district will dev-elop in the New Year if the Union government sanctions a port at the seacoast village of Ramayapatnam.

A high-level committee formed by the Union government will visit Ramayapatnam and adjacent areas to inspect the possibilities of port construction on January 7.

State government had re-commended another port to Union government two years ago and proposed Nakkapalli of Visakhapat-nam district, Ramayapat-nam of Prakasam district and Durgarajapatnam of Nellore district for the port project. The major port in the state is at Visakhap-atnam which is one of the busiest ports in the country with a capacity of 63.2 million tonnes per annum which will increase to 86 million tonnes by 2012-13.

Chimakurti of the district is famous for black galaxy granite which is exported to China, Ameri-can and European countries.

There are 186 galaxy granite quarries, 134 granite quarries, 74 quartz quarries, 15 silicon sand quarries and 105 slate mines in the district. These traders transport granite from Krishnapa-tnam or Chennai ports but with a new port here, transport expenses and time will be saved.

As much as 5,000 acres of land is required for the port and can be arranged at Ramayapatnam. The Union government will spend Rs.5,700 crore for the construction of the port.

The high-level committee led by chairmen of the Cochin, Paradip and Vish-akapatnam ports, Mr K. Subramanyam, Mr G.J. Rao and Mr D.S.R. Satyaprakash and others inspected Nakkapalli on December 6 and will inspect Durgarajapatnam of Nellore on January 6 and Ramayapatnam on January 7.

Some officials of the Ports department met the district joint collector, Mr P. Lakshminarsimham, in the last week of December and asked him to submit geographical and other details by January 2.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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Tourist centre coming up on Thummalapenta sea coast

AP Tourism Dept is planning to develop, expand and sustain sea coast tourism infrastructure in Nellore district. As part of this, the Thummalapenta sea coast near Kavali is being developed as an attractive tourist centre. AP Tourism is seeking possession of 10 acre land earmarked for such purposes near the beach.

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has sanctioned Rs. 3.77 crore for developing this tourist centre of which the first instalment of Rs. 3.02 crore has already been released. Apart from the Tourist Information Centre to be built at a cost of Rs. 1.72 crore, other proposed facilities include entrance plaza, spacious parking lot, entrance gateway, soft landscape, children’s play area, seating, utility area, pathways, signages, dust bins, jetty and so on.

A similar project is already being developed at Mypadu beach in the Nellore district at a cost of Rs. 1.65 crore. Four acres of land was acquired for this. Various tourist-friendly facilities are being created here. The tourism department has also built 5 cottages at a cost of Rs.52 lakh to attract more tourists to the Ramayapatnam beach near Kavali, Nellore district.

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APTDC plans to boost seaside tourism

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) is planning to promote tourism in coastal Andhra starting from Krishna district, in a big way. As part of the plan, the APTDC has started constructing cottages and hotels at the places of tourist attraction along the seacoast.

Construction of hotels and cottages was taken up at a cost of Rs 20 crore at Manginapudi beach near Machilipatnam in Krishna district, Suryalanka in Guntur, Kothapatnam, Odarevu and Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district. Cottages and restaurants are being constructed in 15 acres of land at Manginapudi. At Suryalanka, construction of 10 more cottages was taken up in addition to the existing 10. At Odarevu near Chirala, tourist resorts are coming up in three acres of land at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Three cottages and restaurants would be constructed at Kothapatnam.

At Ramayapatnam, cottages and restaurants would be constructed at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore.

Speaking to Express, APTDC divisional manager J Raghupathi Rao said priority would be given to completion of five seaside tourism projects. Additional cottages at Suryalanka beach would be opened before the end of this month. A tourism project would also be taken up at Suryalanka, for which Union minister Panabaka Lakshmi laid the foundation stone recently.

Eight rest rooms would be constructed at Gudivakalanka in West Godavari district and a health centre would also be set up for the convenience of tourists visiting Kolleru lake, he said.

Source: ExpressBuzz

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Shipping Ministry to finalise site for AP port project in 2 months

Hyderabad, Dec. 13:

The Ministry of Shipping is likely to finalise the site for the proposed integrated port and shipyard project in Andhra Pradesh in the next two months.
3 locations

The State Government has identified three locations for the project and has earmarked 5,000 acres of land at these sites. The proposed sites are Nakkapally in Visakhapatnam district, Ramaypatnam in Prakasam district and Durgarajapatnam in Nellore district.

“The Ministry has appointed an expert committee, which has already visited the Nakapally site. It is expected to visit the remaining two in January 2012 and give its recommendation a month after that,” Capt P.V.K. Mohan, Chairman of the National Shipping Board, told Business Line.
Project outlay

The NSB, which initiated the proposal with the Ministry, expects the project outlay to be about Rs 4,500 crore. The Vizag port, Cochin Shipyard, Shipping Corporation of India and the National Mineral Development Council are likely to be stakeholders in the project, according to Capt Mohan.

The port, which will have a draft of between 16 m and 18 m to accommodate bigger vessels, will be handling mostly coal, needed by the power plants, agri-products, steel and iron ore.

The Union Minister of Shipping, Mr G.K. Vasan, has asked maritime States to submit proposals for Greenfield port projects, as it has been projected that the Indian ports sector, including non-major ports, may be required to handle about 1,590 million tonnes throughput by 2025-26.

India’s container traffic is also expected to touch 21 million TEUs by 2015, as projected by the Maritime Agenda 2010-2020.
States with interest

Gujarat, West Bengal and Kerala have shown interest in taking up port projects. “In West Bengal, a deep-water port is being developed at Sagar, while a container terminal is being set up through private participation at Diamond Harbour.

For the container terminal project, the RFQ (request for qualification) document has been floated, with 11 companies, including DP World, PSA, ILFS and APM being in the fray,” Capt Mohan said.

The Ministry is keen on hastening implementation of the port projects, as there are constraints in expanding the existing major ports. Non-major ports are likely to handle 51 per cent of the total traffic by 2020.

Source: TheHindu

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