MACHILIPATNAM : Excise minister Kollu Ravindra has reiterated that his government is committed to the development of the Machilipatnam Port and added that chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is keen to develop the port as it will propel development in the region. Naidu is working on the modalities for land acquisition for the port.
Addressing reporters at ‘Meet-the-Press’ programme here Saturday, Ravindra said that the government was working on the procedures that will not create problems to the land owners (farmers) and added, “We are in a dilemma over offering 50:50 or 60:40 formula to land-owners after development of the land.” According to this method, the company that takes up the port works would develop the land to provide amenities like roads and others.
The minister also said that the chances of developing the port as a container facility were good and added that the government would also construct the coastal railway line apart from expanding the Machilipatnam-Vijayawada national highway.
He also said that the government would develop the beach park at Machilipatnam on the lines of UDA Park in Vishakapatnam and added that steps were taken to develop the basic amenities with `20 lakh at the Manginapudi Beach (Machilipatnam). Speaking on the incomplete open-drainage works in Machilipatnam town, he said that the government was already focussing on the drainage system.