Maharashtra has only two major ports i.e. Mumbai and Jawahar Lal Nehru Port (JNPT) and Mumbai Port are constrained in the evacuation of cargo for the past several decades due to the development of the city around it as well as due to limited depths in the harbour which allows only small ships to berth. The Arabian coast at Vadhavan towards the north of Mumbai is most suitable and ideal for the development of a new port where natural a depth of 20 Meters is available at a distance of about 4 ½ nautical miles. The location is about 10 Km from the National Railway grid and about 35-40 Km from NH8. The JNPT has proposed to develop Vadhavan Port along with the participation of Govt of Maharashtra and Maharashtra Maritime Board and an MOU were signed on 5th June 2015 to set up a new port at Vadhavan as a Major Port to be notified under the Indian Ports Act 1908 by Government of India. This port will be jointly implemented by JNPT and Maharashtra Maritime Board with a shareholding of 74% and 26% respectively. The port will be developed based on Landlord Port.
Benefits of the Project:
Development of a new major port at the West coast of India, with a draft of 18 Meters, for handling all cargos.
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