To enhance port infrastructure, Shipping Minister, Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone of eight connectivity projects worth Rs 1,117.03 crore at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
The projects include integrated common rail yard facility at JNPT, construction of coastal berth, and restructuring of yard behind shallow water berth.
These projects will boost connectivity of the hinterland to the port. Port connectivity is among the four pillars of the Ministry of Shipping’s flagship Sagarmala programme. The Sagarmala programme will lead to better infrastructure and creation of new jobs besides giving a big push to Indian exports, Mr. Gadkari said.
He said a lot of companies have shown interest in acquiring land for setting up factories in the JNPT SEZ zone, and this in turn will create a demand for skilled manpower. Mr. Gadkari informed that a coordinator will be appointed to look into the requirements of these new companies and help train the local youth from Raigad and Konkan areas to meet their specific needs.
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