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Andaman & Nicobar to become India's 13th major port

Andaman & Nicobar to become India's 13th major port

Mumbai: Andaman and Nicobar is all set to become India's 13th major port after the federal government cleared a Shipping Ministry plan to this effect in what is considered a 'record' time of seven months from the fate of submission of the proposal.

 An Andaman & Nicobar Port Trust (A&NPT) will be established, with its headquarters at Port Blair. The existing Port Management Board (PMB) at Port Blair will be disbanded and transferred to the proposed A&NPT.

The Andaman and Lakshadweep Harbour Works will be bifurcated; and a part of its establishment will be transferred to the port trust. All provisions of the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963, which apply to the country's existing dozen major ports, will be extended to the new port authority.
The conversion of the PMB at Port Blair into the A&NPT had been one of the proposals on the agenda of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government when it was returned to power last year.
 "The formation of the major port will significantly help in the economic development of the A&N Islands," said Shipping Minister G. K. Vasan.  [12/03/10]