The decades-old dream of people of Machilipatanam coastal region come true as Chief Minister unveiled pylon marking commencement of Machilipatnam deep water port works.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said people of the region migrated to other places in search of livelihood in the past. Now the scene will be reversed with the development of Machilipatnam port. He said migration of people to Machilipatnam from other parts of the country starts with the completion of the port. Seeking the cooperation of farmers for speedy completion of the port, the Chief Minister assured to inaugurate the port within two years.
Praising the efficiency of Navayuga company, the Chief Minister said the company successfully completed the Krishnapatnam Port and entered Guinness book of world record by completing highest volume of concrete works of Polavaram project on a single day. The Chief Minister said that the people of the region carried out agitations seeking Machilpatnam port for hundreds of days.
The Chief Minister said the Machilipatnam Port would lead to development of Amaravati capital. Besides the interlock regions of Telangana, Maharashtra and Karnataka depend on the Machilipatnam port in a big way for their export operations. He said with the completion of the port, port based industries would be developed providing employment opportunities to local people, which leads to boost in the economy of the region.
The port, which was closed in 1980, would now resume its activity once the works are completed. The government plans to complete the works in two years in two phases at an estimated cost of Rs 11,924 crore. The first phase will see the government spending Rs 6,778 crore completing the works including an internal railway line and external railway line, internal roads and other infrastructure.