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1.Land approval awaited for Vizag Port

The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has been awaiting approval from the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation to rezone the land in the city for commercial development under the public private partnership model.

2.Committee to be formed for the development of 150 minor ports in India

In order to form a national grid connecting all ports, the government has decided to form a committee that will assess the development potential of around 150 non-major ports in the country and will subsequently link them with major ports. This interlinking will aid India’s growth in terms of its export- import (EXIM) cargo.

3.West Bengal to build a port at Tajpur

The West Bengal Government has reportedly given its approval to build a port at Tajpur, which will be build on its own.

4.Rs.30 bn approved for Kulpi Port project

The West Bengal Government has given its approval to revive the Kulpi Port project for an estimated Rs 30 bn.

5.India takes over Chabahar Port’s operations in Iran

India has taken over the operations of Chabahar Port in Iran. The heads of Indian, Iranian and Afghanistan delegation jointly inaugurated the office of the Indian SPV-India Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone; and physical take over of the terminal area, cargo handling equipment and office building was initiated.

6.Bail-out plan for stressed PPP projects

The Shipping Ministry has approved a bail-out plan for stressed public-private partnership (PPP) projects of major port trusts, in addition to identifying stressed projects.

7.Relaxation in cabotage law to benefit Indian ports

The Centre's move to relax cabotage law may transform India's ports into a major transhipment hub. Recently, the shipping ministry issued a notification lifting restrictions on foreign registered vessels on transportation of containers between Indian ports.

8.Port firms may be helped by new policy

A monopoly policy that restricts private port operators from bidding for second terminal at major ports administered by the Centre is likely to be terminated as it has come under the review of the Shipping Ministry.

9.Multi-modal terminal at Varanasi

Union Shipping Ministry will lay the foundation stone for a multi-modal terminal at Varanasi and flag off the trial run of two vessels carrying Maruti Suzuki cars

10.Private participation in modernisation of state-run ports

The Shipping Ministry is planning to modernise state-run sea ports with private sector support as a first step, circumventing opposition to its plan for port corporatisation.