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Two port projects to be cleared in November: Milind Deora

"Our priority is faster implementation of port and shipping projects, attract private investments in the sector and utilise India's vast coastline for economic development," Deora said.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 31, 2012, 05.59 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: The shipping ministry has firmed up port projects in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and expected to take cabinet's approval for its implementation this month, new minister of state for shipping Milind Deora said.

"Our priority is faster implementation of port and shipping projects, attract private investments in the sector and utilise India's vast coastline for economic development," Deora said on Wednesday after assuming additional portfolio of shipping. He is also holding the charge of telecom & IT as minister of state.

The ministry has already awarded 10 projects and the cabinet is expected to clear two new projects, one in Sagar Island (West Bengal) and Ramyapattanam (Andhra Pradesh) in November, shipping secretary PK Sinha added.

Ministry of shipping has set a target of awarding 42 projects during the current financial year that would add 245 million tonnes capacity at an investment of about Rs 14,000 crore, he said. India has 12 major ports; Kandla, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Marmagao, New Mangalore, Kochi, Tuticorin, Chennai, Ennore, Vishakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata-Haldia.

Deora said sea resources must be tapped. "I think, India's massive coastline is largely unutilized. We will try to explore the untapped resources that would attract investments and create employment opportunities," he said.

Young minister said safety of sailors or seafarers is the priority of the government and he would strengthen the institutional mechanisms meant for them.

"Other issues of concern are protection of seafearers, how do we protect them and also people who have invested in the shipping sector," Deora said.

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