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12 Smart Cities to come up at Ports
Feb 27, 2015

The Central government is working on an ambitious plan to build one smart city each at the country's 12 major ports, at an estimated total investment of Rs 50,000 crore. The 12 major ports in the country—Kandla, Mumbai, KEPT, Marmugao, New Managlore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia)—handle approximately 61 percent of cargo traffic.

 Key Features 

  • Each port will construct one smart city. 

  • Each city will be built with an expenditure of about Rs 3,000-4,000 crore.

  • These will be green smart cities. 

  • Time limit is fixed for 5 years to complete the project.

  • The 12 major ports under central government's control have between them an estimated 2.64 lakh acres of land.

  • This land is being mapped through satellites and it is a major resource with Shipping Ministry.

  • Mumbai Port Trust alone has about 753 hectares of land with it, valued at about Rs 46,000 crore.

  • Shipping Ministry is identifying its property through GPS system. 

  • Shipping Ministry does not want to sell land to builders and developers and will develop itself.

  • Companies will be invited to construct houses there and private investment will be roped in.

  • These cities will be built as per international standards and have wide roads, green energy, advanced townships and greenery.

  • These smart cities and ports will have e-governance links, international standard facilities, special economic zones, ship breaking and ship building centres.

  • Port water will be recycled. 

  • Port wastes will be turned into bio-gas. 

  • Vehicles will run on bio-fuel. 

  • Solar energy and wind power will be generated at ports. 

  • These cities will be pollution-free.

  • Electric vehicles will run and these smart cities would house schools, commercial complexes and other amenities.

  • Shipping Ministry has plans to encourage setting up of some bio-diesel plants at these ports, where bio-diesel will be made from palm oil residue.


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