Government of India in its recent initiative to upgrade its sea ports in-terms of cargo handling capacity has initiated measures to build two new ports. The first one will be in Andhra Pradesh and the second one will be in West Bengal. For this purpose government has set up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries to do the feasibility study and ensure smooth implementation. Both the ports will be developed and operated under the Public Private Partnership model. These two proposed projects are considered as Major Ports hence they will come under the direct jurisdiction of government of India. Engineering Consultancy Company RITES has completed the feasibility report for both the proposed ports .
The proposed port in Andhra Pradesh will be located at village Durgarajapatnam. It is located in Vakadu Mandalam of Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh . The tentative cost for Dugarajapatnam port has been estimated at Rs. 7988 crore by the Technical Committee set up by Ministry of Shipping .
Protestors under the banner of the Ramayapatnam Port Sadhana Samiti(RPSS) joined by activists of different political parties to protest against the site of the proposed port. According to the agitators, if the port will be located at Dugarajapatnam, it will threaten the natural habitat of over three lakh migratory birds, including flamingos and grey pelicans and affect the livelihood over 40,000 fishermen. RPSS would move the National Green Tribunal soon against the Centre’s proposal to locate the new port at Dugarajapatnam .