VASCO: Mormugao Port Authority is also looking forward to handling green (Pharma) cargo in the Mormugao Port, and discussions in this regard are in progress. PM Gati Shakti’s plan will help multiple departments work in sync for the country’s real-time economic growth.
Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) Chairman Rajiv Jalota (IAS), during the interaction with the media, highlighted the objectives of PM Gati Shakti – National Master Plan, a common platform for coordination among sixteen Ministries and to arrive at a holistic approach for faster implementation of Infra projects in Roads, Railway, Port, Airport, Waterways, multimodal and logistic which are the engines for faster economic growth of the nation.
He informed the Bhaskacharya National Institute of Space Applications and Geo-Informatics.(BISAG) has created a portal for all sixteen Ministries, a common platform for mapping the various layers of the organization, aiming for better coordination among Ministries Departments through satellite images.
The platform aims at boosting last Mile Connectivity,
bringing down logistics cost with integrated planning with the overall objective to bring down logistics cost from present 13-14% of GDP to 7-8% to boost economic activities and create employment with sustainable development MPA showcased the completed, ongoing projects under implementation at Mormugao
Port, Goa, state of the art International/ Domestic Cruise Terminal with facilities being developed for faster immigration clearances, check-in counters, waiting for lounge, baggage carousel etc., for international cruise passengers.
The terminal is also planned for Domestic arrival will have a check-in counter, waiting for lounge, baggage carousel. Other facilities would
include Duty-free retail, lounges, food court, commercial Building will have an experiential shopping zone aimed at Cruise Tourists, for sale of local artefacts and products from Cottage Industries, restaurant accessible to the general public.
Taking advantage of the River network, the scheme is designed to attract tourists to have a pleasant journey with well-planned ROPAX and Ferry services that will be available to tourists next to the cruise terminal.
Chairman also highlighted the commissioning of Floating jetties at Panaji and Old Goa which provides impetus to River Cruise for locals and tourists.
Chairman informed that Mormugao Port is planning for Redevelopment of Berth No. 9 and three barge jetties on PPP mode for handling iron ore exported from Goa. The terminal will be fully mechanized at an expected cost of Rs. 842 crores with capacity enhancements of 12 MMTPA.
The terminal will be a boon to mining industries, barges, and connected small and medium scale units in Goa.
He also informed that the newly commissioned 4 lane Road Connectivity from Varunapuri to Sada Junction is a game changer to Mormugao/Vasco, as the diversion of trucks, Lorry Traffic from the City has resulted in decongestion of the Vasco Town.
Further, Media had interacted with various stakeholders and beneficiaries to inquire about the impact on the development of various Infra Projects by Mormugao, which will improve quality of life and generate employment and business opportunities in the state.
When questioned by MPA Deputy Chairman G.P.Rai about the Cargo handling, he informed that along with Iron ore, Gypsum, Bauxite cargo, MPA is also in a discussion to handle Pharmaceutical cargo which is a green cargo in Mormugao Port.