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    Andhra Pradesh is making significant strides in strengthening its maritime capabilities, with a focus on port-led economic development. The state is not only witnessing increased cargo movement through existing ports but is also actively constructing four new ports to boost capacity. 

    Existing Ports See a Rise in Cargo Handling 

    Data from the Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board (APMB) reveals a positive trend. The six operational ports – Gangavaram, Kakinada Deepwater, Krishnapatnam, Ravva, Kakinada Anchorage, and Visakhapatnam – handled a combined cargo volume of 189.21 million tonnes in the financial year ending March 31, 2024. This marks a notable increase compared to the 175.206 million tonnes handled in the previous year. 

     Investing in the Future: Four New Ports Underway 

     The Andhra Pradesh government, in collaboration with APMB, is strategically investing in new port infrastructure. Here’s a glimpse into the ongoing projects: 

     Kakinada SEZ Port: This 2,123-crore project involves dredging, breakwater construction, and building of berths, port buildings, transportation networks, and a port craft berth. 

    • Ramayapatnam Port: Developed under the ‘landlord model’, the government will own the infrastructure at this Nellore district port and lease it to private companies through the Ramayapatnam Port Development Corporation Ltd, with an investment of 3,736 crore. 
    • Machilipatnam Port: The first phase of this Krishna district port’s development is underway at a cost of ₹5,155 crore, following the ‘landlord model’. 
    • Mulapeta Port (previously Bhavanapadu Port): Located in Srikakulam district, this massive project involves an investment of ₹74,362 crore and is also being developed under the ‘landlord model’. 

     Upgrading Existing Infrastructure 

    Apart from new constructions, improvement works are ongoing at Kakinada Anchorage Port under the Sagarmala project, with a total investment of ₹91 crore. The funds are being divided between the Sagarmala program (₹43 crore) and APMB (₹48 crore).
     

     Boosting the Coastal Economy 

    The focus extends beyond port development. The state is investing heavily in building fishing infrastructure. This includes: 

     Phase I of four fishing harbors at a cost of ₹1,523 crore. 

    • Phase II of six fishing harbors at a cost of ₹1,595 crore. 
    • Construction of fish landing centers for ₹127 crore. 

     These initiatives aim to empower the fishing industry and enhance economic activity along the Andhra Pradesh coast. 

     Streamlining Port Operations 

    The Andhra Pradesh government has also implemented the Smart Port System within the AP Port Department. This online platform allows port users to conveniently pay tariffs, submit applications, and access other services. This initiative aims to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and enhance convenience for stakeholders in the maritime sector. 

     By focusing on port infrastructure development, improved operational efficiency, and bolstering the fishing industry, Andhra Pradesh is poised for significant growth in its maritime sector and coastal economy. 

     

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