Shipping, Finance & Law Ministers to soon discuss stalled Shipping projects worth Rs.20,000 crore

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 05-01-2018        Tweet

NEW DELHI: A high-powered committee chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will look into the issues plaguing stuck shipping projects worth up to Rs 20,000 crore, Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said recently.

About 12 shipping projects, including in Deendayal Port and Visakhapatnam Port, have been stuck for long on account of various problems.

The decision to form the high-level committee was taken in the recent Cabinet meeting, Shipping Minister Gadkari said.

"A committee will be formed ... There are 11-12 projects in the shipping sector, which are stuck for long. The committee will decide on such projects," Gadkari said.

The committee, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, will comprise the Law Minister, Shipping Minister and a Niti Aayog representative. Gadkari said a meeting in this regard has been scheduled for next week. He also said the new model concession agreement (MCA), revised after 2008 and approved by the Cabinet, will attract much more investments in the shipping sector.

The new MCA is more investor-friendly and has several new features like change in revenue model as well as replacing the "actual project cost" with "approved project cost".

Also, payment of royalty for the ports will be now on basis of per million tonne of cargo handled instead of percentage of gross revenue based on tariff determined by the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP).

It also has an exit clause on par with highway projects that allows developers to hold 51 per cent equity until two years after commercial operation date, after which they could exit by way of divesting their equity of up to 100 per cent.

The Minister said that the amendments are keeping in view the experiences in public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the port sector during the last two decades.