MUMBAI: The Central Government is likely to take over the project of developing Rewas Port after the reluctance and long delay by a leading Conglomerate to develop it.
Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari recently said in Mumbai that the Centre will develop Rewas Port, citing this as an example of the Central Government pitching in to develop infrastructure projects that have been delayed due to dilly-dallying by private investors.
“Mumbai Port Trust, JNPT and Maharashtra Maritime Board will jointly take over the development of Rewas Port project,” said a source from Mumbai Port Trust.
The first phase of the new port to be constructed on inter-tidal and Government land, involved 9 cargo-handling berths with a capacity to handle 66 million tonnes (mt) of cargo a year. MMB has already transferred 839 hectares of inter-tidal zone (ITZ) land required for the project to Rewas Port.
In the second phase, Rewas plan to add 16 more berths, taking the total cargo handling capacity to 198 million tonnes.
In the third and final phase, the port’s master plan provides for adding 45 more berths, expanding the total capacity to a whopping 457 million tonnes. The port will have a depth of 14.5 metres in the first phase which would be increased to 16 metres in the second and 20 metres in the third phase, according to sources.