Published On:June 21 2024
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JNPA Chairman Umesh Wagh Confirms No Land Acquisition for Vahavan Port

A day after the Union Cabinet approved the Rs 76,220 crore deep-water port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra, Umesh Wagh, Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), announced that the first phase will be commissioned in 2029, followed by the second phase between 2032 and 2037.

Wagh emphasized JNPA's commitment to addressing villagers' concerns regarding environmental damage, reduced fish catch, and land acquisition. He clarified that there are no plans for a crude oil refinery, dismissing such claims as rumors. "There is no proposal for import of crude, hence there's no question of a refinery," he stated.

Regarding land acquisition fears, Wagh assured, "Not an inch of land will be acquired for the port project, so there is no question of displacement. There is no doubt left in this particular aspect."

The port infrastructure will include nine container terminals, four multipurpose berths, four liquid cargo berths, a Ro-Ro berth, a coastal cargo berth, and a coast guard berth. The project will reclaim 1,448 hectares offshore and construct a 10.4 km breakwater and container/cargo storage areas.

Addressing flooding concerns, Wagh noted that the JNPA is extending 6 km offshore. "Exhaustive scientific studies have been carried out, indicating that as this is an offshore project, there will be no flooding due to the development," he added.

On the livelihood of fishermen, Wagh acknowledged its importance. He assured that, except for a 30 sq km area, fishing can continue elsewhere. Compensation will be provided if fishermen need to relocate from the restricted area, according to Maharashtra government policy. "While we have obtained all the clearances, it doesn't mean we won't engage with fishermen and villagers. Our offices are open 24x7 for talks. We welcome their demands and will address all their concerns," he affirmed.

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