Andhra Pradesh CM launches Machilipatnam port project for economic growth

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy formally launched the Machilipatnam port works worth Rs 5,156 crore recently.

An overview of the news

  • The port, with an initial cargo capacity of 35 million tonnes, will be completed in two years.

  • The capacity of the 4-berth deep water port will be increased to 116 million tonnes as cargo traffic gradually increases.

  • The port will help develop Machilipatnam on the lines of developed port cities like Mumbai and Chennai as it will be connected by National Highway 216 and Gudivada-Machilipatnam railway line soon.

  • This will increase the reach of the port and improve connectivity.

  • 25,000 new jobswill be created at each port and the fishing port and fish land center will help fishermen to improve their lives economically.

About Machilipatnam Port

  • It is a proposed deep sea port on the Bay of Bengal coast located at Machilipatnam, the district headquarters of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh.

  • The port has been developed by the state government under the landlord model at a cost of Rs 5,156 crore.

  • The project is being implemented by the Machilipatnam Port Development Corporation Limited (MPDCL).

  • The first phase of the port is expected to have a capacity of 35 million tonnes.

  • It will cater to exports of fertilizers, coal, cooking oil, containers, agricultural products, cement, granite, cement clinker, iron ore from Andhra Pradesh and neighboring Telangana.

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