The Gujarat government has decided to permit landlocked States without sea such as Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to have their own ports on the 1,600 km long Gujarat coastline.
Britain and Hong Kong had ports in China for a century, China now has one port at Gwader in Baluchistan, Pakistan; Myanmar and Nepal have been offered ports by Bangladesh. However in India, this is perhaps for the first time that a coastal state is offering ports to landlocked states that have no coastline.
Gujarat pioneered in the port privatisation policy leading to emergence of Mundra, Dahej and Pipavav as privately-run ports, also has a foreign port operator, DP World, which runs a terminal at Mundra.
The state government is inviting various states to the vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in January 2011 with the port and other proposals. It is actively following it up with Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, said Mr Maheshwar Sahu, who is the overall in charge of the Summit.
In 2009, the state government had showcased Gujarat as ‘The Growth Engine of India’. In a bid to rebrand the 2011 summit, with a new tagline of ‘Global Business Hub’, the focus will now be not only on attracting investments also to encourage other States to come and do their business here.(Inputs from Business Line)