The states Ports Minister, Baburao Chinchanasur, said, the Karnataka government proposes to upgrade and modernize 6 of the 12 non-major ports in the state under the public-private partnership (PPP) model to attract investment. The government has identified Belekeri, Manki, Tadadi, Honnavar, Pavinakere and Malpe in Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts, he disclosed, pointing out that private companies have already come forward to develop some of these ports.
The state government will provide land at the facilities, while the private companies will invest money. He added that \"The state government intends to offer these ports on a 30-year lease basis to private companies under the Karnataka State Port Development Policy (KSPD) 2014. It will be a profitable venture for the state government.