Expansion to Boost Trade, Employment, and Regional Economic Growth

In a landmark development, the Odisha government and Gopalpur Port have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 18, 2023, to pave the way for the extensive development and expansion of Gopalpur Port, situated in Ganjam district, Odisha.

The MoU signifies a significant step forward in enhancing the capabilities and infrastructure of Gopalpur Port, which is poised to play a pivotal role in bolstering trade, economic growth, and employment opportunities in the region.

Key Highlights of the MoU:

  1. Land Allocation: The Odisha government has allocated more than 119 acres of land to Gopalpur Port for the ambitious expansion project. This allocation forms the foundation for the port’s growth and development.
  2. Project Cost and Timeline: The expansion project is estimated to cost approximately ₹1,000 crore and is scheduled to be completed within a span of three years.
  3. Infrastructure Enhancements: The project envisions the construction of two new berths, a state-of-the-art coal terminal, and a dedicated railway line that will connect Gopalpur Port to the national railway network. These enhancements are set to transform Gopalpur Port into a dynamic hub for maritime trade.
  4. Increased Cargo Handling Capacity: Upon completion, the expansion project will significantly augment Gopalpur Port’s annual cargo handling capacity, catapulting it to a robust 30 million metric tonnes (MMT).
  5. Employment Opportunities: The expansion project is anticipated to generate a substantial number of direct and indirect employment opportunities, benefiting approximately 10,000 individuals in the region.

This monumental step toward the expansion of Gopalpur Port aligns seamlessly with the central government’s Sagarmala program, which is focused on the development of India’s ports and coastal infrastructure. The Sagarmala program is poised to transform India into a global maritime leader, catalyzing trade, and maritime development.

Benefits of the Gopalpur Port Expansion:

  1. Economic Growth: The expansion of Gopalpur Port is set to serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the region. The enhanced trade and business activities are expected to spawn new enterprises, stimulate economic growth, and promote overall prosperity.
  2. Transport Infrastructure: The project will usher in a new era of improved transport infrastructure, enabling businesses to seamlessly transport their goods and services, thereby enhancing efficiency and competitiveness.
  3. Cost-Effective Transportation: Reduced transportation costs will empower businesses, rendering them more competitive on the global stage.
  4. Employment Opportunities: The expansion of Gopalpur Port is expected to create a multitude of employment opportunities, directly benefiting the local populace and invigorating the regional economy.

The expansion of Gopalpur Port stands as a monumental milestone in Odisha’s journey towards economic development and growth. It underscores the commitment of both the state government and Gopalpur Port to foster trade, create jobs, and fortify India’s position as a maritime powerhouse. This expansion is set to herald a brighter, more prosperous future for the region and the nation as a whole.