Visakhapatnam Port Trust authorities are having serious discussions over the proposal to build another satellite port in addition to the existing one due to fierce opposition from the locals regarding rising levels of pollution problems. Communities and NGOs are intensifying their movements on the respective pollution issues. Local public representatives are also facing stiff opposition from the public due to the alarming pollution levels emanating from the port areas.
Even the National Green Tribunal has taken suo moto cognizance of the matter seriously. In the light of these circumstances, the Union Ministry of Shipping has issued special instructions to the ports under its purview. In addition to their respective ports, it was suggested that the aspects of building small ports to be kept away from populated areas should be seriously considered. With this, the Visakhapatnam port authorities are analyzing the respective proposals.
Pudimadaka and Chipada beaches under consideration:
The Visakhapatnam port has about 136 acres of land in Chipada in the Bhimili constituency. As a result, there would be no need to spend large sums for land acquisition if the port was built on the Chipada coast. But the natural depth along the Chippada coast is estimated to be up to eight meters. As a result dredging operations should cost a little more. In addition, a large amount of money has to be spent to provide the necessary infrastructure for transporting goods from the area. But the natural depth is greater on the Pudimadaka coast. The result is favorable for shipping. The lack of land for a port in this area would cost a fortune.
But insiders of the Exim trade raising questions of the feasibility of the port construction and futility of investment to the tune of Rs. 300 crores. For meeting the future needs of handling 125 million tonnes, VPT has already upgraded its infrastructural facilities. At present, the port handles 75 million tons of cargo annually.
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