Karwar Port expansion seen fetching State addl revenues

Source: DHNS | By Shahid Mukhtesar | Published on 11th February 2018, 7:37 AM | Coastal News |

Karwar: Karwar Port Director Captain C Swamy has stated that if the second phase of developmental works at Karwar port is completed, then ships could be anchored even in 14 meter deep sea.

This, he said, would help in exporting additional 50,000 to 60,000 metric tonne of materials. It would directly fetch the government an additional revenue of Rs 40 crore.

Addressing the public grievance meeting, held at Karwar Port, on Friday, chaired by Deputy Commissioner S S Nakul, he said, currently the State government was realising a revenue of just Rs 10 lakh from Karwar Port. This is just 0.01% of the total revenues generated through all the ports in India. To improve this, the Centre has prepared the project, he said.

There are a total of 200 mini ports in India and to develop them, both the Centre and State have prepared the projects. In Karnataka, tenders have been invited for some projects and Environment Ministry is yet to provide the clearance certificate, he noted.

In the second phase of work, it has been planned to construct 1,160 metre protection wall in the sea to protect the port from sea waves, developing basic facilities and constructing 150 meter for security force.

Protection wall

A ‘Sea Walk’ on the protection wall too has been planned to promote tourism.

He clarified that the second phase of work, will not involve any change to Baithkol Harbour as the new project will not been extended till Baithkol Harbour.

Earlier, fishermen opposed the implementation of the second phase of work citing it will be detrimental for their activities.

Baithkol Residents Forum President Preetam Masurkar said, in the new project, the survey company has said that 50 acre land has been encroached here.

However, it has not disclosed the names of people who have grabbed it. Moreover, the displaced of first phase of work have still not been rehabilitated and cases are pending in several courts. Under such circumstances, implementing the second phase of work was not a wise decision, he added.

CMC President Vittoba Naik said, before preparing the plan, locals should have been taken into confidence and their suggestions could have been incorporated into the project. Even, the CMC was unaware of the second phase of work, he said.

CMC Member Sandeep Krishna said, if the second phase of work is executed, the entire Karwar town should be shifted. The dust particles from the ore dumping yard would engulf the town. Similar was the case when manganese ore was being exported, he said.

Kajubagh resident A Khan said, implementation of the project would generate more employment. People have to support this, he said.

Gabriel Sidney said, earlier, there were 30 companies here and now there are only five companies operating. 350 tippers were operation at the port, but now, only 30 are deployed. Implementation of new project, would indirectly help 1,200 families, he said.

Localite Balram Naik said, there were 800 workers working at the port and now only 75 workers are working. Giving salary to these workers too has become difficult. Hence, the port development should be taken up, he advocated.

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