Gadkari, the union minister for shipping, road transport, and highways had a two-day visit to the port city in this week for the purpose of the inauguration of several large-scale projects and extensive review of the ports sector in the country.”The review of the stock of all the country and sets the targets for the year would start on Thursday” said by the chairman of Visakhapatnam port trust M T Krishna Babu on Monday.
The two new post-Panamax rail mounted quay cranes and allied equipment acquired at a cost of Rs 150 crore by the company for its operations at the Visakha container terminal private limited was inaugurated on this Friday by the minister.
Later, Gadkari would be inaugurating the upgraded and modernized iron ore handling complex run under the Public-Private Partnership Mode by Essar Vizag Terminal Limited costs Rs 580 crore.
Minister is going to attend the review meeting in Visakhapatnam this time after being impressed by various environmentally-friendly initiatives like total dependence on solar power and high capacity sewage treatment plants at VPT and also planned to take part in a plantation drive there. In the evening on Friday, Gadkari would be inaugurating and laying foundations for various projects from the AU Convention Centre on the Beach Road, to be followed by a public meeting. This includes the inauguration of the WQ 7 and 8 berths at the VPT constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 243 crore.
Other projects are four-lane connectivity to the Visakhapatnam Port (Sabbavaram to Sheelanagar) under port connectivity 7/10/2018 Shipping minister Gadkari in port city this week under Hybrid Annuity model at an estimated cost of Rs 549 crore, six lining of the Anandapuram to Anakapalle section of NH16 under the Hybrid Annuity model to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2,013 crore.
Projects taken up by the VPRCL, a joint venture of the NHAI and VPT include the inauguration of a widening of two-lane to four-lane Port connectivity road at a cost of about Rs 80 crore and foundation for a Grade Separator road link at the Convent Junction to be constructed at a cost of about Rs 60 crore.
The minister would also distribute notebooks and bags to the school children under the CSR activities.