The government of the Indian state of Maharashra has adopted a policy of building a major port every 100km along its 720km-long coastline. The aim is to increase the use of coastal shipping to move goods and also to incentivise import-export trade. At present, only 6% of the state’s total freight traffic is moved by water.

Its most recent project is the development of a port at Wadhwan, while Nandgaon has been identified as the location for another facility.All new ports will be developed as private-public partnerships.