Cabinet approves setting-up country’s 13th major port at Vadhavan in Maharashtra

The government has approved a proposal to construct Vadhavan Port in Maharashtra.

Created On: Feb 6, 2020 08:59 ISTModified On: Feb 6, 2020 09:13 IST
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Vadhavan Port in News: The Union Cabinet gave in-principle approval for the establishment of a new major port at Vadhavan, Maharashtra. The Vadhavan port will be developed on the 'Landlord Model'. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to be set up to provide the necessary infrastructure to the port.

The SPV will develop port infrastructure including land reclamation, construction of the breakwater, besides establishing connectivity with the interstate. All business activities will be done by private developers under the PPP model.

About Vadhavan Port

The natural draft at the Vadhavan Port near the coast is about 20 meters, which is expected to maintain large ships at this port. The development of the Vadhavan port will house the container ships of 16,000 to 25,000 TEU capacities. According to the government report, the total cost of Vadhavan Port project is about Rs.65, 544.54 crores.

About Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT)

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is the largest in India. It is ranked 28th in the world and has a traffic of 5.1 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). Jawaharlal Nehru Port will be the 17th largest container port in the world even after the completion of the fourth terminal with capacity addition of 10 million TEUs by 2023. India will join the top 10 container port countries in the world after the development of the Vadhavan port. It caters to the needs of Maharashtra, North Karnataka, Telangana and secondary enclaves of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, NCR, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh.

List of 12 Major Ports in India


Port Name



Kolkata-Haldia Port

West Bengal, Eastern Coast


Visakhapatnam Port

Andhra Pradesh, Eastern Coast


Kandla Port

Kutch, Gujarat, Western Coast


Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Mumbai, Maharashtra, Western Coast


Paradip Port

Odisha, Eastern Coast


Kamarajar Port Limited


Tamil Nadu, Eastern Coast


Mormugao Port Trust

Goa, Western Coast


Cochin Port

Kerala, Western Coast


New Mangalore Port

Mangalore, Western Coast


Chennai Port

Tamil Nadu, Eastern Coast


V.O.Chidambaranar Port

Tuticorin, Eastern Coast


Mumbai Port

Mumbai, Western Coast


Why Vadhavan Port?

It becomes extremely important to develop a deep draft port on the western coast of India due to the ever-increasing size of container ships. Increasing containerization of cargo makes it very important to prepare our port infrastructure for exports to help in value addition.

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