Maharashtra has 48 minor ports spread over a distance of 720 km. of sea coast. It is the most industrialized state in the country. The completion of Konkan Railway along the West coast from Mumbai to Mangalore has added further impetus for the development of the coastal area.
The Government of Maharashtra has selected seven sites from the 48 minor ports for development of port facilities in the first phase of the program. They are Vadhavan, Dighi, Dabhol, Jaigad, Ganeshpule, Redi and Vijaydurg. All these sites have adequate natural depth and a fairly protected area for developing port facilities. They have adequate land available for construction of storage areas warehouses or industrial parks.