Even after almost eight years, the dream of commissioning a deep sea port at Machilipatnam has not been fulfilled. The then Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had laid the foundation stone for the port in April 2008. All the Chief Ministers, including Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, have promised to complete it. But the project failed to take a proper shape till now.
“The deep sea port will become a growth engine for the Krishna district. Inclusion of the port in the Machilipatnam Industrial Corridor (MIC) proposed to be developed in around 30,000 acres will lead to further delay of the port," Former MP Vadde Sobhanadeeswara Rao rued. Mr. Rao, an expert in agriculture economy and irrigation of Andhra Pradesh, told The Media that lack of political will was the major cause for the delay in construction of the project.
“It has been a case of neglect by four Chief Ministers, including Mr. Naidu, since 2008. Political parties continue to see it as a poll issue, leaving the port town to lose its prominence in marine trade operations," added Mr. Rao.
Hurdles in land acquisition:- The State government has promised to gather the land required for the MIC through Machilipatnam Area Development Authority (MADA) but it is yet to announce the final draft of the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS). Earlier, the State government had to withdraw proposal to acquire the land for the port and other industries as farmers and other private land owners have refused to part with their land for the port-based industries. The State government is reportedly keen on pooling over 14,500 acres of private land, including assigned land, for the project.