Nitin Gadkari Union Minister for road transport, highway & shipping, aims to develop a smart city around major ports so as to make them more viable and business friendly. The scheme is likely to start with Kandla port, where a smart city will come up in a few years time. The salient features of the scheme are the following:
- Each major port will construct one smart city with an expenditure of Rs. 3,000-Rs. 4,000 crore. These will be green smart cities with green energy generation facilities.
- Port water to be recycled, vehicles to be incentivized to use biogas, which will be produced from waste at the ports.
- There are 12 major ports in India-Kandla, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mormugao, Visakhapatnam, Cochin, Chennai, New Manglore, Ennore, Tuticorin, Paradip and Kolkata – having 260, 000 acres of land between them.
- The smart port industrial cities will be built in line with international standards and will have wide roads, advanced townships, special economic zones, greenery, etc. The port will also have international benchmarking, ship-breaking and shipbuilding centres, besides other ancillary things, the official added.