Deep water port works to be completed in 2 years
The Chief Minister Mr YS Jagan Mohan Reddy recently launched the Machilipatnam Port works unveiling the Pylon and offering special prayers at the sea.
The construction of the port, with an initial cargo capacity of 35 million tons, is scheduled to be completed in two years.
Addressing the public meeting after launching the port works, the Chief Minister said the capacity of the 4-berth deep water port would be increased to 116 million tons as the cargo traffic increases gradually.
The port which is being built at a cost of Rs. 5,156 crore is becoming a reality as the Government has completed land acquisition, finalized the tender process, and completed financial closure besides obtaining all permissions by resolving legal hurdles, he said.
The port would help grow Machilipatnam like the developed port cities Mumbai and Chennai as it would be connected with the national highway 216 and Gudivada –Machilipatnam railway line soon enhancing the port accessibility and improving the connectivity, he said.
Machilipatnam port would result in the growth of ancillary industries creating direct and indirect work for lakhs of people over a period of time, the Chief Minister said.
“In the next 24 months, you can see big ships anchoring in the Machilipatnam sea waters,” he said thanking the farmers who had given land for the construction of the port.
Four thousand acres of Government land would be gradually linked to the port being built in an area of 242 acres given by the farmers, he said.