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India approves massive $9bn port project in Maharashtra

The port will be developed at a site near Mumbai

Posted on June 24, 2024

India’s Government has approved the development of a Rs76,200 crore ($9.1bn) port project at Vadhavan in Maharashtra in the west of the country.

The major project will see the construction of an “all-weather greenfield deep draft port” with road and rail links across thousands of hectares in the district, making it one of India’s biggest maritime projects.

Overseen by the newly set up Vadhavan Port Project Limited (VPPL) special purpose vehicle, construction will include nine 1000m long container terminals, four multipurpose berths, four liquid cargo berths, a Ro-Ro berth, and a Coast Guard berth.

The project is one of the first major infrastructure developments given the green light under the newly re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said the port would “boost economic progress and create employment opportunities at a large scale”, with direct and indirect jobs for roughly 1,200,000 people.

As part of construction, VPPL will reclaim 1,448 hectares of land from the sea and construct 10.14km of offshore breakwater and container/cargo storage areas.


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