CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction; 2. Role and significance of infrastructure in economic development with special reference to Port infrastructure in India; 3. Performance of Indian ports, prospects and challenges; 4. State of infrastructure including ports in Orissa; 5. History, growth and achievement of Paradeep Port, policy guidelines of the Government, opportunities and challenges; 6. Operational analysis of Paradeep Port (1986-87 to 00-01); 7. Summary of the findings and conclusion.
The present book titled "Port Infrastructure and Economic Development" is fact finding research endeavour to disseminate the growing significance of infrastructure in economic development in general and port infrastructure in particular in the context of on-going reforms in India. Maritime transportation has been the lifeblood of world trade since time immemorial. India having a vast coastline of 6000 kms, 12 major ports and 160 minor ports conducts 90 per cent foreign trade volume-wise and 75 percent value-wise. Following the recommendations of Rakesh Mohan Committee Report in 1996, the Government of India have in principle allowed the entry of private sector in the country's infrastructure including ports. This treatise comprises of in depth study in the port infrastructure of India as well as the State of Orissa in seven distinct chapters with introduction in the first chapter and summary of findings, testing of hypotheses and the utility of the study in the last chapter. Performance analysis of Indian ports and that of Paradip Port are dealt in chapter III and chapter IV respectively. It is firmly believed that planners, policy makers, port administrators, academicians and research scholars would make capital out of the book in their fields of operation.