The Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal has promised the establishment of a gas terminal at New Mangalore Port in the near future.
Speaking to media persons after inaugurating the Business Development Centre of the New Mangalore Port Trust in Mangaluru recently, he said the gas terminal will be set up with an investment of around Rs 3,000 crore. Such a facility will help improve the capacity of the port, and will give a different identity to the port, he said. However, he did not give the time frame for the completion of the project.
Earlier in the day, Sonowal also laid the foundation stone for a truck parking terminal and modification of the US Mallya Gate at NMPT.
Addressing the inauguration of the BDC, he said over the years NMPT handled 36.50 million tonnes of cargo in 2020-21. He said the port is known for its sustainability initiative by achieving 100% solarisation and self-sufficiency in water requirements. NMPT is the biggest exporter of coffee and second-largest importer of LPG in the country, he said.