Vadhavan Port

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The Vadhavan Port Project Ltd. (VPPL) has initiated the process for construction of the ₹76,220 crore port and public hearings are likely to begin in the next few months.

About Vadhavan Port

  • It is a proposed Rs 75,000 crore container port project at Vadhavan in Maharashtra.
  • The port will be developed as a joint venture by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA) and the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB).
  • The new port has a natural draft of about 20 metres close to the shore, making it possible for it to handle bigger vessels.
  • It will enable the call of container vessels of 16,000- 25,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) capacity, giving advantages of economies of scale and reducing logistics cost.
  • It will be designed to handle around 254 million tonnes (MT) of cargo.
  • It will be developed as a Green Port. It is planning to provide green fuel to ships coming to the port, and the construction and operations are planned to keep in mind the environmental issues. 

Jawaharlal Nehru Port

  • It is also known as the largest container port in India, handling around 55% of total containers handled by all Major Ports in India. 
  • Location: It is located east of Mumbai, in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • This port on the Arabian Sea is accessed via Thane Creek. 
  • It is also known as Nhava Sheva. Its common name derives from the names of Nhava and Sheva villages that were situated here. 
  • This port is also the terminal of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.

Q1) Which are the major ports in India?

Major ports in India are Chennai Port, Kolkata Port, Haldia Port (West Bengal), Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Maharashtra), Kamarajar Port or Ennore Port (Chennai), Kandla Port (Gujarat), Kochin Port (Kerala), New Mangalore Port (Karnataka), Mormugao Port (Goa), Mumbai Port, Paradip Port (Odisha), Tuticorin Port (Tamil Nadu), Visakhapatnam Port (Andhra Pradesh).

Source: Vadhavan Port work in full swing, public hearings likely in few months