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Mangaluru Old Port Set to Boost Connectivity with Lakshadweep

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The tender process for the construction of a dedicated cargo-handling jetty and a cruise terminal at the Old Port of Mangaluru, aimed at facilitating connectivity with Lakshadweep, has reached completion. The Karnataka Maritime Board, responding to the Lakshadweep Union Territory’s interest in improving island connectivity, has proposed the project at an estimated cost of Rs 350 crore, as outlined in the fiscal year 2022-23 budget.

Awaiting approval from the environmental committee and SEZ, the project has already received Rs 65 crore from the Ministry for Ports, Shipping, and Water Transport for the initial construction phase. The plan encompasses a 303.6-meter-long cargo-handling berth and a 76-meter passenger terminal berth on the north side of the Old Port.

The cargo berth, spanning 9,800 square feet, and the 6,000 square feet passenger berth will contribute to the overall development of the region. The passenger cruise lounge is designed to include state-of-the-art security systems, waiting areas, exbis scanners, ticket counters, hotels, shops, washrooms, and arrival and departure areas. The first floor is set to house additional passenger amenities, the Lakshadweep Port office, an auditorium, restrooms, and washrooms.

The northern part of the Old Port, currently under the Ministry of Ports and Internal Water Transport, will witness the relocation of the ferry to Bengre and a petrol pump. Under an MOU signed with the Lakshadweep administration, the Karnataka government will oversee the construction of the jetty and subsequently hand it over for maintenance.

This initiative aims to enhance connectivity, especially considering that the existing cargo route to Lakshadweep from Mangaluru relies on a cargo dhow. With the new facilities, the region anticipates improved accessibility and streamlined transportation, benefiting both cargo operations and passenger travel between Mangaluru and Lakshadweep.

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