14 minor ports under PPP mode in Andhra Pradesh


Andhra Pradesh Government is considering of developing 14 minor ports in addition to the existing non-major ones, according to the Budget for 2015-16 presented in Legislative Assembly.


"The Government proposes to develop Machilipatnam port under PPP mode. In addition to the existing non-major ports, Government has decided to develop 14 minor ports under PPP mode," the Budget said.


There is an offer from the Centre for establishment of a second major port in the State for which the AP Government has agreed to deliver land as equity, it said.


One more commercial port in private sector at Kakinada is also expected to come up.


Andhra Pradesh has a 975km long coastline with one major port at Visakhapatnam and 14 non-major ports.


The Government is extending support to Airports Authority of India for expansion or modernisation of existing airports at Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and Tirupati.


There is a proposal for development of a Greenfield airport near Visakhapatnam and the Government proposes to develop no-frills airports in Guntur and Prakasam districts.


The Government also plans to develop regional airports in Chittoor, Nellore and Kurnool districts, the Budget said.