Centre grants environmental clearance to JNPT’s Channel Dredging Project

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has granted Environmental Clearance (EC) and Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) Clearance to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust’s Mumbai Harbour Channel Dredging Project-Phase II.

The project, located at Uran in Raigarh district of Maharashtra was announced in January 2005.

The proposal was for deepening and widening of the Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel. The length of the channel will be increased from the current 33.5 km to 35.5 km. The width of the channel varies from 370 metres to 800 metres.

Of these, the minimum width will be extended to 450 metres from 370 metres. While the depth of the channel will be increased to 15 metres from the current 14 metres. The project will come up with an investment of Rs.20.3 billion. The entire cost will be funded through internal resources of JNPT with an option of borrowing from the market.

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