Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to develop SEZ


New Delhi : Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is going to develop a multi-product special economic zone (SEZ) over 745 hectares of port land, Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu told the Lok Sabha Wednesday.

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“JNPT has acquired about 2,584 hectares of land and as per approved Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP), about 1,200 hectares is balance for future development such as operational activities, commercial/social facilities, residential facilities for project affected persons,” the minister said.

“It proposes to set up special economic zone/export processing zone for the port based industries in the balance developable land. The port has invited applications for appointment of consultants to advise on the creation of a port based SEZ/EPZ,” he said.

However taking into consideration the existing traffic and future traffic potential, the selected consultant would be required to formulate an appropriate planning concept and develop a master plan for land use for the area within SEZ project so as to have a synergy with the port operations,” he said.

The port will allow commercial activities directly related to the port activities only and no manufacturing industry is proposed to be set up in the port.

Due care would be taken at the planning stage itself to ensure that there is free flow of port traffic and there is no delay in handling of cargo, the minister said.