Mangalore, Sep 20, 2014 : Addressing the media on his visit here on Sept 19, Minister for Ports and Textile Baburao Chinchansoor stated that the eight-year pilot project worth Rs 911 crore which will be implemented with the help of Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the coastal belt of the State to help the overall development of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts.
The minister said that in the three-level project, in the first phase, Ullal which has been affected by the sea erosion will be benefitted. The work on four in-shore berms with an estimated cost of Rs 25.51 crore is in progress and sand collection will begin from the month of October. The tender process of two offshore reefs worth Rs 88 crores is in the last stage. The re-construction of breakwaters with an estimated cost of Rs 46 crores will begin in the month of October 2014.
Development of ports : The Minister said that under new port policy, out of 11 minor ports, five will be developed with private partnership. For Lakshadweep Group of Companies, a proposal of dedicated jetty worth Rs 50 crores will be sanctioned within a week. To develop Honnavar Port Limited of Honnavar, land is given to a Hyderabad based company in an estimated cost of Rs 511.30 crores under lease. At Manki, 75,000 square metres of land is given to Renuka Sugars to develop it with an estimated cost of Rs 46 crores. The proposal of captive port construction at Pavinakurve Basavaraja Durga Island is under consideration.
A proposal has been submitted to develop Tadadi port with an estimated cost of Rs 3,000 crores. The proposal of developing Belekeri port with the partnership of Ashriya Limited with a cost of Rs 2,000 crore has been discussed with CM. The government is ready to give land and company will invest money. To develop Tadadi port with a cost of Rs 5,000 crores, the government has discussed with Adani Limited, he said.
The Port department has earmarked Rs 36.63 crores for various development works in three districts. The government would release Rs 22.43 crores to Uttara Kannada, Rs 4.50 crores to Dakshina Kannada, Rs 4 crores to Udupi and Rs 5.70 crores to inland water transportation.
Meanwhile, he said that the second-level jetty at Karavar port will be extended with private partnership at a cost of Rs 1,500 crores.
He said that around Rs 7.15 crore has been spent to build temporary retaining walls to stop sea erosion in the year 2014-15. There is no scarcity of funds to build retaining wall to check sea erosion problem. Meanwhile, Chinchansoor informed that he would be in Mangalore or Udupi on September 27, 28 and 29 to inaugurate various development works.
Textile policy : Baburao Chinchansoor said that the new textile policy of the government would attract around Rs 10,000 crores of investment and would provide employment to more than five lakh people. Many companies have showed interest about the proposal of constituting a textile park at Yadgiri district, he said.