Cabinet Greenlights the Development of INR 76,200 Crore Greenfield Port at Vadhavan, Maharashtra

The Cabinet has approved the development of a major greenfield port at Vadhavan in Maharashtra, which will be a crucial part of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEEEC). The port’s strategic location near international trade routes and its capacity to accommodate large mother vessels will attract an investment of approximately Rs 76,200 crore, with an additional Rs 4,000 crore allocated for building road and rail connections.

Union I&B Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced that the port, once operational, will double the nation’s container handling capacity. The Vadhavan port, boasting a natural depth of 20 meters, will have the capacity to handle 23.3 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units). It is projected to become one of the world’s ten largest ports and generate up to 12 lakh jobs.

Located about 130 km from Mumbai, the port will be developed in two phases: the first by 2030 and the second by 2039, with a combined capacity to handle 298 million metric tons of cargo annually. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority and the Maritime Board of Maharashtra will jointly develop this infrastructure project through a public-private partnership model, with no funding from the government budget.

Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal highlighted that the port will serve as a key feeder for IMEEEC, enhancing cargo movement to Chabahar Port in Iran and the International North-South Transport Corridor. The port will feature nine container terminals, each 1 km long, four multipurpose berths of 250 meters each, and four additional berths for handling liquid cargo.

Dredged material will be used to reclaim 1,448 hectares for constructing berths, storage yards, rail yards, internal roads, and utility services. Additionally, around 571 hectares will be acquired for rail and road connectivity to the port.

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