New Delhi: In order to facilitate container traffic and export of iron ores, the Railway Ministry is working on providing broad gauge connectivity to about a dozen of ports.
“While the work for port connectivity for Paradip (Orissa), Krishnapatanam (Andhra Pradesh) and Dahej (Gujarat) ports is already underway, proposals for other ports in Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal are being finalised by the railways, D C Mitra, Managing Director, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) told PTI. The RVNL is implementing the port connectivity project.
Railways will carry out the port connectivity work on public-private partnership (PPP) model.
“While an 85-km line will be laid for Paradip port at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore, Railways will lay a 35-km line for Dahej port at an estimated cost of Rs 140 crore,” Mitra said.
Work will be carried out in two phases for Krishnapatanam. While in the first phase, 36-km line will be laid at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore, the second phase will feature work on 100-km line at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore.
Rail connectivity is very crucial for ports as many projects, including Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and thermal plants, are coming up near the ports. “Rail connectivity will be required to import coal for thermal power projects”, Mitra said.