Mumbai, May 31: To boost our infrastructural development, the Minister of Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari laid down the Foundation Stone of eight connectivity projects worth Rs 1,117.03 Crore at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
The projects include integrated common rail yard facility at JNPT, construction of coastal berth, and restructuring of the yard behind shallow water berth, the Ministry of Shipping said in a release. While addressing the Foundation Stone, Nitin Gadkari said that huge investments are expected under the Sagarmala program, which will lead to better infrastructure and creation of new jobs besides giving a big push to Indian exports. These projects will enhance connectivity of the hinterland to the port.
"Huge investments are expected under the Sagarmala program, which will lead to better infrastructure and creation of new jobs besides giving a big push to Indian exports," Gadkari said. Many companies have shown interest in acquiring land for setting up factories in the JNPT SEZ zone which will create a demand for the skilled workforce. The minister also informed that a coordinator would be appointed to look into the requirements of new companies and help to train the local youth from Raigad and Konkan areas to meet their specific needs.
"Efforts aimed at improving the infrastructure at JNPT have already started bearing results as congestion has come down to zero and tonnage handled has reached a record high of 4.5 million TEU for the year ended March 2017," Gadkari said. The government’s aim is to increase efficiency and improve the development in and around the port areas by continuously undertaking new initiatives asserted Nitin Gadkari.