The Infrastructure Development, Ports and Inland Water Transport Department, Karnataka Government is developing a Dedicated Jetty for Lakshadweep with allied Infrastructure facilities for Cargo and Cruise Terminal at Old Mangalore Port. The port project will be developed in collaboration with the Laksadweep administration.
MOU between Government of Karnataka & Lakshadweep Administration
The Karnataka Government and the Lakshadweep administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2015. They established this collaboration with the shared goal of creating a dedicated jetty that would not only improve trade and commerce but also promote tourism between the two destinations.
Under the terms of the MOU, the Lakshadweep administration will provide the necessary funding for the project, while the Port Department of Karnataka will contribute land and oversee the construction of the facility.
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Project at a Glance
The dedicated jetty for Lakshadweep will be located at the Old Mangalore Port in Bunder, Mangalore. It promises to be a game-changer for the region. The project requires a total of 1.58 hectares of non-forest land. The project will be executed at an estimated cost of Rs 65 Crores.
- Proposed Area for Dedicated Berth: 9,800.00 square meters.
- Proposed Area for Cruise Terminal: 6,000.00 square meters.
- Total Proposed Project Area: 15,800.00 square meters.
As part of the project, several critical infrastructure components will be constructed, including:
- Wharf for Vessels and Cargo (Length: 303.60 meters) to facilitate efficient handling of cargo and vessels.
- Passenger Cruise Lounge (Plinth Area: 1,392.05 sq. m) to cater to the needs of cruise passengers, offering comfort and convenience.
- Godown Building for Commercial Activity (Plinth Area: 440.90 sq. m)
- Public Toilet Facilities for the Dedicated Jetty (Plinth Area: 50.00 sq. m)
- Dredging Work for Safe Ship Movements (Up to -7m Depth) to ensure safe navigation for vessels entering and leaving the port.
- Compound Wall with Barbed Wire Fencing (Length: 590.00 meters)
- Approach Road and Parking Area Development: Improving accessibility and convenience for visitors and port users.
This project not only promises to boost trade and commerce but also positions Old Mangalore Port as a key player in the region’s tourism industry. It reflects the Karnataka Government’s commitment to modernizing infrastructure and fostering economic growth.
As the project progresses, stakeholders eagerly anticipate the positive impact it will have on the region’s economic landscape and the facilitation of trade, commerce, and tourism activities.
Current Status of the Project
The Infrastructure Development, Ports, and Inland Water Transport Department of the Karnataka Government have already issued the tender for the development works. The project is currently under examination by the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority.