Bhubaneswar: The State government has decided to set up 12 minor ports in six coastal districts of the state.
In a written reply in Odisha Assembly on Saturday, Commerce and Transport minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu said a notification in this regard has been issued by his department.
He said of the 12 proposed minor ports, four will be set up in Balasore, two each in Ganjam, Bhadrak and Puri and one each in Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts.
He further said at present, apart from one major port in Paradip, two minor ports are in operation at Dhamra in Bhadrak district and Gopalpur in Ganjam district.
Sahu, however, said that out of the 12 proposed minor ports, there is uncertainty in setting up of one of the ports at Chudamani in Bhadrak district as the Aditya Birla Group which had signed a MoU with the state government to set up the port, has backed out of its decision.