Machilipatnam port project likely to see progress shortly
The Machilipatnam deepwater port project, involving the construction of three berths at an estimated cost between INR 1,800 and INR 2,000 crore, has been delayed due to several logjams since its inception in 2008 when the late Mr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, awarded the contract to Maytas Infra.
The initial dispute was over the site of the port, which was followed by the contract awarded to Maytas Infra being cancelled in 2010 following the Satyam Computer Services scandal. Later, the project was awarded to a consortium led by Navayuga Engineering Company Limited (NEC).
At that point, it was assumed that it would be smooth sailing henceforth. But a new issue emerged when the size of the land allotted by the state government was reduced from the earlier 6,260 acres to 5,200 acres as per the recommendation of the Indian Ports Association.
It is now learnt that the state government would hand over 1,600 acres of land immediately for the project work to commence, while acquiring the remaining land.
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