West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has met Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, who has assured Central funding for the proposed deep sea port near Sagar island in the State.
The Rs 12,000-crore Sagar port, which may add 60 million tonnes cargo handling capacity to the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), was proposed in the 2013-14 Union Budget. However, there has been hardly any progress apart from the announcement in the project, so far. RITES the consultant appointed by the Kolkata Port Trust to study the feasibility of the port had earlier submitted its report. Gadakari has assured that the project is very much in the Centre´s scheme. ¨Kolkata port and West Bengal government have decided to take up a joint venture to build the deep sea port in Sagar,¨ West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said after the meeting.