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India to get six new mega ports under Ministry of Shipping’s Sagarmala project

At least six new mega ports have been cleared to be built under the ambitious Sagarmala Project, taken up by the Ministry of Shipping. The National Perspective Plan (NPP) for the much talked about project envisions these new infrastructural facilities as part of its multi-pronged strategy to enhance India’s cargo handling capacity.

The Ministry of Shipping’s project, that aims to modernise India’s ports, is estimated to save up to Rs 40,000 crore per year spent on logistics by key industries.

According to the NPP, the greenfield ports are likely to come up at Sagar in West Bengal, Paradip Outer Harbour in Odisha, Enayam in Tamil Nadu and Vadhavan in Maharashtra. As part of the Sagarmala Project, detailed masterplans are being developed for all the new major ports.

The new Vadhavan port, estimated to cost around Rs 10,000 crore, will help ease the congestion in the present shipping capacity. Vadhavan currently handles about 40 percent of the total container traffic in India. The new port will be able to handle 40 to 60 million tonne of cargo every year, as per sources in the Ministry. The present capacity of the port is 4.16 million tonne per year.

A worker walks past a container ship at Mundra Port in Gujarat. ReutersA worker walks past a container ship at Mundra Port in Gujarat. Reuters

A worker walks past a container ship at Mundra Port in Gujarat. Reuters

The proposed Paradip Outer Harbour project, estimated to cost around Rs 8,200 crore, will be developed to facilitate the coastal shipping of thermal coal for power plants in Southern and Western India. The new port will have a capacity of 175.5 million tonne per year.

Similarly, the Sagar port, proposed to handle the overflow of traffic from Kolkata and Haldia facility, has received an initial grant of Rs 515 crores as viability fund from the Centre.

A special purpose vehicle, named Bhor Sagar Port Limited, has also been floated under the partnership of the Kolkata Port Trust and the West Bengal Government. The project is expected to incur an expenditure of Rs 12,000 crore and IIT Madras has been entrusted with the responsibility of preparing a detailed project report.

A new port, either in Machilipatinam or Vodarevu, in Andhra Pradesh has also been proposed to handle the thermal coal, cement and container cargo in the region. A similar facility, either in Cuddalore or Shikazhi, in Tamil Nadu is also being contemplated to handle the movement of thermal coal.

Enayam in Tamil Nadu has been selected as India’s future mega transshipment destination, aimed to capture the international business opportunity presently enjoyed by Singapore and Sri Lanka.

The new ports are likely to enhance India’s cargo handling capacity by 466 million tonne per year. As part of the Sagarmala vision, India’s cargo traffic handling capacity will be enhanced from 1,550 million tonne per year to 3,000 million tonne per year by 2025.

The rest 980 million metric tonne capacity needed to meet the target will be fulfilled by enhancing the capacity of major and non-major ports. The new infrastructural facilities will also help enhance India’s earning from the transshipment business. Currently, India loses a lot of foreign currency to Sri Lanka and Singapore due to lack of transshipment facilities.

A whopping 25 percent of the Indian cargo is transshipped in Colombo and Singapore. One of the major reasons behind this is that India’s biggest container port has a draft of just 14 m, whereas a capsize vessel requires it to be above 16 m to load and unload goods.

India’s cargo volume is estimated to rise by up to 2,500 metric tonne per year from the current evaluation at 972 metric tonne per year. Infrastructural enhancements are likely to ease the pressure on the existing facilities.

The new ports will also boost up coastal shipping, thus decreasing the dependence on transportation through railways and roadways. This is likely to cut down the inland transportation costs by up to 80 percent. Presently the country has 12 major ports.

Delhi: Man slits woman’s neck to get out of marrying her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Crime against women in Delhi seem to have no end. A 24-year old man was arrested in Outer Delhi’s Mongolpuri area for slitting an 18-year-old girl’s neck as he did not want to marry her. The victim is recuperating at a city hospital. The victim and the accused knew each other for the last two years. The accused Rahul was unemployed and was looking out for a job. On Friday morning, Rahul went to the victim’s house to inform her that he can’t marry her as he wanted to settle down in life first. The victim kept pressurising him and in a fit of rage he picked up the kitchen knife and slit her neck. The victim is a student of class 12 and was alone at home during the time of the incident. The accused hid inside a public toilet. Later, the murder knife and the blood stained clothes were seized by the police.The family members of the victim alleged that on earlier occasions the accused had tried to harm the girl as well and had been troubling her.“A PCR call was received at 9:30 am regarding a girl being attacked. The family raised suspicion on a man named Rahul. After investigations, the accused was arrested. He stated that he could not marry the girl as he was unemployed. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” DCP (Outer) Vikramjeet Singh. In another incident, daughter of an Uttar Pradesh Police Sub-Inspector committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of Cross River Mall in East Delhi. The victim took the extreme step as her jilted lover had shared her private pictures with her father. The father of the victim then approached the police and registered a case against him. The girl was depressed at this and decided to take the extreme step.

Karnataka: Gang hijacks truck carrying cigarettes

A truck carrying cigarettes worth Rs 4.49 crore was stolen by miscreants near Nagharbavi Junction in Bengaluru on May 26. The incident came to light on May 30 after the truck driver, who was reportedly kidnapped, registered a complaint at the Chandra Layout police. The truck while nearing the Nagharbhavi junction was waylaid by four miscreants and the driver was bundled into their car, said the complaint.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to a report in The Hindu, the truck driver Radha Krishna was carrying the 13 tonnes cigarette consignment towards Kerala from Devanahalli. The truck driver while nearing Outer Ring road was overpowered by the four culprits and his hands and legs were tied. The gang is then alleged to have bundled him into their car at knife point.The complaint by Radha Krishna also said that the truck was hijacked early morning May 26 at around 4.30 am on the outer ring road. Radha Krishna after regaining consciousness tried to free himself and boarded a bus to the same spot where the truck was hijacked. After visiting the spot, he went directly to the Chandra Layout police and narrated the whole incident to them.The police have registered a case based on the complaint given by Radha Krishna on the missing truck and are carrying out investigations. The police have now formed special teams to nab the culprits. The neighbouring state police have also been alerted.

15-year-old girl found dead in Delhi Jal Board valve room

A 15-year-old girl, who went missing on Tuesday, was found dead in a DJB valve room at a canal near her residence in outer Delhi’s Bawana area.According to police, prima facie the girl died of drowning and the body had to be fished out. There were no external injuries and her clothes were intact.An inquiry has been initiated into the matter, DCP (Outer) Vikramjit Singh said. The girl was reported missing after she did not return home from her tuition classes on Tuesday evening. Her body was spotted in the canal around 3 pm on Wednesday, an official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are stairs leading to the Delhi Jal Board valve room where her body was found and people often go there to wash clothes or defecate. The girl’s parents, both labourers, live in a slum nearby.Her relatives told police that they suspect a local youth, who had allegedly been harassing the girl, had sexually assaulted and killed her.”We are looking into the matter from all possible angles,” the official said, ruling out rumours that the girl’s limbs were found tied with a rope and adding that her body has been sent for postmortem.

DU college principal claims assault by faculty member

The principal of DU’s Swami Shraddhanad College on Monday alleged he was assaulted by a member of its faculty even as the institution’s governing body appointed a new chairman and principal.Some teachers of the college accused former acting principal Praveen Garg of assaulting present principal AN Jha at the college gate. “A meeting of the governing body was convened, but the current chairman claimed there wasn’t any meeting. Jha was at the college gate to tell members there was no meeting when he was attacked by Garg. We have informed police,” said Suraj Yadav, a teacher at the college.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Garg, meanwhile, denied having attacked Jha and said that the Vice Chancellor had sent a letter on February 26 calling a governing body meeting to appoint a new chairman and recommend the name of the senior-most teacher as the principal of the college.VK Bhasin was elected the new chairman while Pankaj Bhan was appointed acting principal, he added. DCP (Outer) Vikramjit Singh said police have received a complaint from the principal’s office and they are looking into it.

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