Maharashtra to connect Dighi & Jaigarh Port to Konkan Railway to boost Investments

Mumbai: In its efforts to boost investments and ease of doing business in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that providing world class infrastructure is on top of government’s to do list. “The government wants to ensure that Maharashtra remains the most preferred and friendly destination in the country,” he said. Fadnavis was speaking at the ‘Progressive Maharashtra Conference’ organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) yesterday.

Apart from labour reforms, Fadnavis stressed the need of Land Reform for genuine industrial users. “The corporates need not have to run from pillar to post to convert agri-land for industrial use,“ he said.

The Government is also looking at initiatives like land records digitization wherein all the land records of the state would digitized after a detailed survey, changing provisions of the Mathadi Act, enacting right to services act and to empower people to demand services from government employees and ministers as their right.

Subhash Desai, Maharashtra Minister for Industries, who was also present at the event said that the Ministry is in talks with Railway Minister Suresh prabhu to connect Dighi Port in Raigarh district and Jaigarh Port in Ratnagiri district with the Konkan Railway. “We want to  use ports as means of transportation and increase utilization of ports in many ways,” he said. Desai said that strengthening industrial infrastructure like roads and rail transportation is essential for giving growth environment for industries.

Vijay Kalantri, Chairman & Managing Director of Dighi Port Limited confirmed the development. “ We are really thankful to state government for this decision.” He revealed that the talks are in advance stages and the work is likely to get completed in 18-24 months which will cost the government around Rs 600 crore. “We are also in talks with the state government for road connectivity to Dighi port and talks for this are in advance stage as well,” he said. The Dighi Port which was trying to raise funds for the expansion faced problems due to lack of road and rail connectivity to the port earlier.

Incidentally, the Chief Minister also assured the gathering that the Coastal Road Project which will connect South Mumbai to North Mumbai with the investment of Rs.8,500 crore is expected to get Environment and the Forest Ministry ‘s approval within 3 months.