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The Government of Puducherry is keen to develop the existing port in line with the most modern ports of the world. On a conservative estimate of cumulative growth of 9% per annum in terms of traffic, the ports in India must be capable of handling traffic of approximately 850 million tonnes by 2012. This would require 300 to 400 additional berths to handle the cargo of different kinds. Thus, there is an opportunity for the Minor Ports  like Puducherry to play an equally important role in handling India's foreign trade and movement of domestic cargo from one place to another.

Added attention, is, therefore, required to expedite movement of coastal ships on the long coast line of the country. The trend is to have infrastructure in a state of preparedness to avail the smallest business opportunity. As Puducherry is the hardware capital of India, many industries which require import and export facilities are developing around Puducherry.

The geographical location of the port, vibrant economy, good administration, cosmopolitan culture are some of the strengths of the state that can prove advantageous for the development of a modern port in Puducherry.

The perspective plan for the development of ports by the Ministry of Shipping called the "VISION 2020" has projected that the traffic in the port sector as a whole would grow from the present level of 400 MT to 615 MT by 2006-07. As most of the major ports are functioning beyond their installed capacities, further expansions are difficult and therefore the stress is on developing minor ports with good potential. The "VISION 2020" document of Ministry of Shipping has also mentioned Puducherry Port as a potential port for development.

To capitalize such a situation, the Government of Puducherry has proposed to develop the minor port of Puducherry into a deep water port with direct ship berth facilities through private sector participation. As large investment would be required to achieve capacity creation, the Government of Puducherry has an open policy to encourage the participation of private sector in Port development. The private sector has been invited to Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Manage the port based on their technical feasibilities, projection for traffic and planned investments. An "Expression of Interest" has been called for from private parties in this regard and the process is on.

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