Vishakhapatnam Port is poised for major expansion, with the Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurating several projects during a recent visit to the port. The minister inaugurated a Container Freight Station of 1 lakh TEU capacity developed by VCTPL at a cost of Rs104 crore for which 34 acres were allotted by the port. Gadkari also inaugurated the commissioning of 6.25 MW out of a 10 MW solar power plant. The power generated from this plant meets the captive consumption of the port and the excess power is proposed to be sold by third party agreements.
In addition, the minister inaugurated a Liquid cargo berth – EQ-10 developed by AVR Infra, at a cost of Rs.55.38 crore with a capacity of 1.84 million tonnes per annum and a multi-cargo berth, WQ-6, developed by ABG Infra Logistics at a cost of Rs.114.5 crore with a capacity of 2.08 million tonnes per annum
Gadkari also laid the foundation stone for the project “Reconstruction of old EQ-2, 3, 4 & 5 berths into two new berths of 530 meters quay in the inner harbour” taken up with the port’s internal resources at a cost of Rs 182 crore and capacity of 6 million tonnes. He also reviewed the progress of two berths, WQ-7&8, under construction taken up by the port with internal resources at a cost of Rs 243 crore and capacity of 6.39 million tonnes.