The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Maharashtra Maritime Board on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a satellite port, off Vadhavan Point, south of Dahanu Port.
The port will help generate employment for at least one lakh people in the Konkan region and boost power generation.
Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari also announced the development of two refineries near Vijaydurg Fort in Sindhudurg.
Gadkari said the eco-friendly port will be built four nautical miles into the sea.
The Union minister, who chaired the function held at Sahyadri guest house on Friday, also urged the state to support the Centre in the plan. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was also present on the occasion. “It is true that the state had so far neglected developing ports. Our government’s major thrust would be on their development, which will boost the overall industrial growth of the state,” Fadnavis said.
The JNPT will hold an equity share of 74% in the port, while the government of Maharashtra will hold 26%.
The minister also said his government is determined to reduce the pollution level in the sea.
Gadkari also announced the development of the Kanhoji Angre island into a tourist destination. He said the development work will be completed by May next year and will cost the government Rs17 crore. Another Rs 30 crore will be spent on tourism-related activities.
“The work will start in October,” Gadkari said.