Government is serious on speeding up the plans for port at Dugarajapatnam. The recent steps its taken over the last few weeks are bound to silence doubting Thomases and those decrying that the port announcement is an election ploy.
Topographic & Hydrographic survey for the Port at Dugarajapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Techno-Economic Feasibility Studies and Geo-technical Investigations for Port facilities at Durgarajpatnam in Nellore have been initiated by RITES by tenders with clear deadlines for completion of surveys in less than 100 days and set the ball rolling for the prestigious port at Durgarajupatnam in 2013 itself.
RITES is a Government of India Enterprise was established in 1974, under the aegis of Indian Railways. RITES is incorporated in India as a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act, 1956 and is governed by a Board of Directors which includes persons of eminence from various sectors of engineering and management. RITES Ltd., an ISO 9001-2008 company, is a multi-disciplinary consultancy organization in the fields of transport, infrastructure and related technologies.
Industrial circles are now happy that Govt is walking the talk and port project roadmap is becoming a reality with all recent steps in the right direction, all coming in after recent Centre’s nod for a major port at Dugarajapatnam of Vakadu mandal in the district. .
Unless Industrialists and politicians of AP stop internal bickerings and learn from the unity shown by Maharastra, Tamlinadu, and Karnataka politicians (of all parties) in various water issues and their zeal to get infrastructure projects to their own states, the present momentum visible at Dugarajapatnam Port might lose steam as upcoming election politics takes center stage. People of Andhra Pradesh and especially Nellore residents sincerely wish that better sense prevails and for once all concerned especially politicians look at the big picture and stay united to see this landmark project fastracked for AP’s future progress and growth.
Vested interests who had lost out to Dugarajapatnam in the port race are now, with ulterior motives, crying fowl and creating hullabaloo and bringing to fore petty issues like depth of sea, insufficient land availability, ISRO concerns, possible environmental issues, and fisherman livelihoods etc to create confusion in the media and influence public opinion. These are issues which are common to any new upcoming port project anywhere in India and glorifying them as unique to only this port project speaks of the narrow mindsets of critics and their inertia in creating a new resurgent industrial India.
The objections of Isro and ecologists claims have all been addressed and taken cognizance of even when the project site was shortlisted. Sufficient land availability has been acknowledged by various revenue and govt bodies. The local fishermen are eager to see this project come up at Dugarajapatnam as more allied business opportunities and standard of living will increase for all involved in and around Duggarupatnam’s ecosystem.
Geographical Location: Durgarajapatnam (Durgarajupatnam) is a small village with 2388 inhabitants, lies adjacent to Buckingham Canal, very near to sea shore in Vakadu Mandalam of Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. Important towns like Gudur is at a distance of 40 km and Vakadu at 10 km. It is surrounded with marshy land with tidal influence.
Road: Durgarajapatnam site is at a distance of about 33 km from Naidupet at NH-5 (connecting Chennai to Kolkata). Durgarajapatnam has got another 37 km stretch black topped single lane road connecting NH 5 towards Gudur near Chillakur via Nellipudi,Chittedu, Kesavaram, Kadivedu, Mutyalapadu etc. This alternate route is advantageous for the Gudur bound traffic. Another road starting from Sullurpet joins the connecting road from Naidupeta to Durgarajapatnam after a distance 30 km. Thus the site is directly connected with NH -5 at three places (Sullurpet, Naidupet, and near Gudur) by three different existing roads.
Rail: Southern Central railway line passes very next to the NH-5 at about 30 km distance from the coast. However, major railway junction Gudur is 42 km.
Air: Chennai is the Nearest Airport, which is approximately 100 km from the site. A new airport is proposed for Nellore district.
Climate: The area experience hot and dry temperatures for many months of the year. Summer is typically hot touching temperature to above 40°C in May. Summer temperatures can range from a minimum of 22°C and can rise up to a maximum of 41°C. Average temperatures during the day are usually around 35°C. The months of April and May are prone to heat waves.