Bulk Cargo Transhipment Hub and Major Harbour Development in Andaman and Nicobar Islands?


In a significant move towards enhancing connectivity and trade efficiency, Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, announced the potential development of a bulk cargo transshipment hub in Atlanta Bay near Diglipur in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The strategic location and available facilities of this project make this project promising. Sonowal was on a two-day tour of the A&N Islands.

Atlanta Bay lies on the route connecting East and Northeast India to East and Southeast Asia, Australia-New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, thereby, adding immense value to the proposed bulk cargo transshipment hub. It has a natural draft of around 20 meters and road connectivity, with the potential to reclaim land from the sea.

Once operationalized, travel time between major ports in Andaman and Kolkata is expected to decrease significantly, from 72 hours to just 15 hours. This will result in efficient transportation of coal, sand, construction materials, and iron ore to neighboring countries, providing two-way economic benefits for India and its neighbors.

A total of 58 projects worth INR 7,622 crore in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are being monitored under the Sagarmala program, with an additional 15 projects worth INR 469 crore funded under the Sagarmala and Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS). Sonowal also conducted an aerial survey of the ICTP project at Galathea Bay, showcasing the government’s commitment to modernizing port infrastructure. ICTP is also a Sagarmala initiative.

This ambitious project aligns with India’s vision for maritime development and economic growth, promising improved trade routes. The projects, backed by substantial funding, aim to reshape the islands’ economic landscape and bolster regional connectivity.

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