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DPT rolls out an ambitious set of  infrastructure projects - Gati Shakti

 

Deendayal Port Trust (DPT) is one of the leading ports in India and has been grossing the highest traffic throughput amongst all Major Ports for 14 years consecutively. Last year, despite the Covid scare, it could amass traffic of 117.56 MMT, the highest among the Major Ports.


The port has a multipronged strategy with regard to Maritime Vision 2030 which was devised under the august leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. Under the strategy, there are a few basic areas where the port is focusing on and is aiming to achieve 200 MMTPA of cargo by 2029-30.


The focus areas include:


* Cargo and Productivity Improvement 


* Landlord Port Development 


* Port-led Industrialisation 


* Coastal Shipping & RoRo 


* Ro-Pax Expansion 


* Ease of Doing Business and Cost of Doing Business Improvement 


* Green & Safe Port


Infrastructure impetus


There are a multitude of projects planned under different focus areas and the port is working diligently to achieve its targets. The Ministry has an ambitious Sagarmala programme and other initiatives like Asset Monetisation Plan, Gati Shakti - National Master Plan, National Infrastructure Pipeline, etc. The port has a number of projects under these programmes.


Under Sagarmala, the port has 21 projects worth Rs 4,300 crore, of which 6 projects worth Rs 465 crore have already been completed. Another initiative of the Government of India is Gati Shakti – National Master Plan, under which the port has 10 projects worth Rs 2,552 crore which are under implementation.


The major projects under Gati Shakti are Augmentation of Pipeline Network at Oil Jetty area in Kandla, SBM expansion at Vadinar, Oil Jetty Cum Bunkering Terminal at Kandla, Construction of 5 Oil Jetties: OJ 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, Smart Industrial Port City Project and Mechanisation of Cargo Berth No. 14. The port expects huge investment in many of these projects from the private sector as they are to be implemented in the public-private partnership model. This will help in boosting ex-im trade, thus increasing the GDP of the economy.


The port is also implementing connectivity projects in rail, road and RoRo/Ro-Pax. The RoRo Ro-Pax service from Hazira to Ghogha was inaugurated by the Prime Minister and DPT helped in implementation of the project under the guidance of MoPS&W. Carrying it forward, the port is developing RoRo Ro-Pax facilities worth Rs 383 crore at Hazira, Pipavav and Muldwarka under the purview of Sagarmala.


Overall, the port is trying to fulfil the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The port is also putting efforts to expedite all the infrastructure projects keeping well in view that the Prime Minister is launching the first ever National Infrastructure Masterplan, Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, which is going to bring together 16 Ministries, including seven core infrastructure sectors, on one platform to synergise project planning across stakeholder Ministries.