After state bifurcation, Telangana’s dependence on Machilipatnam port has only increased. The port is the nearest to Telangana for exports and imports. There is Krishnapatnam port too but its distance from Hyderabad is double that of Machilipatnam. Telangana has a significant export import activity and lack of port facility in this land locked state is a big drawback. Mumbai and Goa ports too are very far and hence do not help its cause.
According to the detailed project report. Machilipatnam port needs 5,324 acres in the surroundings of Machilipatnam town. The survey has been completed for 3.035 acres of lands belonging to the government. However, the land acquisition process is yet to be completed for another 2,289 acres. The government has already handed over 412 acres to port officials. Now the district administration is making efforts for the required land for port construction and has completed the survey on war footing recently. While the government completed the survey for required lands a sizeable number of landowners are opposed to give their lands for port construc-tion. The government has decided to vacate the two villages for the purpose.
Navayuga Company is ready to invest 11.500 crore while the government should pay Rs 6 7 5 crore as compensation for the land acquisition process.
Meanwhile keeping in view the increased traffic on the Vijayawada – Machilipatnam road, the state governemnt is keen on expanding the road to a 4 lane highway.
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