The location of two dry ports proposed by the state government are likely to be finalised in a month’s time. The state government is actively considering Damaracherla in Nalgonda district to set up one of the two dry ports.
As a follow up to chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s recent visit to Delhi, industries minister Jupally Krishna Rao along with senior officials held discussions with the Central government officials on Tuesday on the issue. The Centre has agreed to sanction two dry ports to the state. The state government proposed four places and the Centre may finalise any two places based on the convenience of nearest sea ports either in Andhra Pradesh or any other state.
Damaracherla has a railway line to transport goods from the dry ports in Telangana to Machilipatnam seaport in AP. Around 10,000 acres has been earmarked for the thermal power plant in Damaracherla. Out of which, the state government can utilise 2,000 acres for the dry port, an official said. The other places considered for starting dry port are Vikarabad, Zaheerabad, Sadasivpet, Shamirpet and Shadnagar. The state government is maintaining two inland container depots at Shamshabad and Begumpet airports.
“The minister discussed the dry port issue with officials in Delhi. A final decision will be taken soon,” an official said.
Source: The New India Express