The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has questioned the rationale behind setting up a new port in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh when a major port is already located there.
The Shipping Ministry has proposed to set up a major port at Dugarajapatnam in Nellore district, which already has a similar facility at Krishnapatnam, about 100 km away.
Environmental Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the MoEF has asked the Shipping Ministry to justify its proposal. The panel has suggested appointment of a sub-committee of experts to visit the port site and submit a report to take a call on environmental clearance.
The Shipping Ministry is in the process of developing a greenfield port at Dugarajapatnam in the east coast at a distance of about 90 km north of Ennore port and 700 km south of Visakhapatnam port.
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