Speed up construction works of ports and fishing harbours: CM Jagan

Vijayawada: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked officials to speed up construction works of Ramayapatnam, Machilipatnam and Kakinada gateway ports and ensure early completion of 10 fishing harbour constructions.

He conducted a review on ports, fishing harbours, fish-landing centres and MSMEs on Thursday. Officials must focus on MSMEs by adopting and implementing modern management systems from other countries and extend necessary support to these units to market their products, he said.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said officials should also pay attention to transfer of technology and ensure that the MSMEs produce quality and innovative products by implementing the best practices.

“It is also necessary to supply power at low cost and extend loans at lesser interest rates to the MSMEs while providing them the best available technology and global marketing facilities to make their products and services competitive,” he said.

The CM asked the officials to coordinate with the Centre and seek its support for adopting modern technology. “A major thrust should be to encourage a clean and healthy environment in the growth of MSMEs. These should be divided into clusters in handloom and granite sectors so that necessary infrastructure also can be developed.”

The Chief Minister took stock of the progress of works at Ramayapatnam, Machilipatnam, Kakinada Gateway Port as also the fishing harbours and fish land centres.

Officials informed him that the '3,736 crore Ramayapatnam Port will have 19 berths with a cargo handling capacity of 138 million metric tonnes annually. “The south and north breakwater works are nearing completion and the dredging and reclamation works would be completed by September. In the first phase, the port will have four berths with a cargo handling capacity of 34 million tonnes annually,” they said.

The Machilipatnam Port, being built with an estimated expenditure of '5,155 crore, will be equipped with 16 berths, with an annual cargo handling capacity of 115 million metric tonnes. In the first phase, it will have four berths with an annual cargo handling capacity of 35 million tonnes.

The works relating to ground improvement and south and north breakwater are in full swing.

The works relating to the first two berths at the Mulapeta Port in Srikakulam district are progressing rapidly. The port, being built at a cost of ' 4,361 crore, will have 10 berths with an annual cargo handling capacity of 83 million metric tonnes. In the first phase, the port will have 4 berths.

As for the fishing harbours being built in the first phase, officials said the works at Uppada, Machilipatnam, Nizampatnam and Juvvaladinne have been completed up to 55.46 per cent, 56.22 per cent, 62 per cent and 86 per cent respectively. The Juvvaladinne fishing harbour will be ready in 40 days.

In the second phase, fishing harbours at Budagatlapalem, Pudimadaka, Kothapatnam, Odarevu and Biyyaputippa will be taken up.

The Chief Minister asked them to complete the Manchineellapeta fishing harbour in the first phase.

He was informed that the construction works of the jetty at Nelaturu in Nellore district and the works on the fish-landing centres at Bheemili, Rajaiah Peta in Anakapalli district, Chintapalli in Vizianagaram district, Rayadaruvu in Tirupati district , Dondavaka in Anakapalli district and Uppulanka in Kakinada district were in progress.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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