CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy starts work on Machilipatnam Port today

Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will officially start construction work on Machilipatnam port on Monday which will cost Rs 5,156 crore. It should be noted that former Prime Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy laid the foundation stone for Machilipatnam Port on April 24, 2008. The planned port has an annual capacity of 35.12 million tons and four berths are to be set up to handle imports and exports. The port works are expected to be completed in 24 to 30 months and will provide direct and indirect jobs to nearly 25,000 people. The port will later be expanded to 10 berths to handle a capacity of 115 million tons per year.

Machilipatnam Port can play an important role in exporting Fertilizer, Coal, Edible Oil, Containers, Agricultural Products, Cement, Cement Clinker, Granite and Iron Ore from Guntur, Krishna, NTR, East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh and the Districts of Khammam, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nalgonda and Warangal in Telangana.

Once completed, Andhra Pradesh will become the gateway to Southeast Asia with six existing and four future ports.

The current cargo handling capacity of 320 million tons per year with 5 non-major operational ports plus a major port at Visakhapatnam in our state will get an additional 110 million tons of cargo handling capacity by 2025-26 by the newly built ports officials.

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