The state owned Kolkata port has given a contract for development of Inland Water Development transportation at its Kidderpore Docks at a cost of Rs 180 crores. The contract will enable the dock to handle container traffic, the Port Chairman Vinit Kumar said.
Another contract is being finalized at a cost of Rs 300 crores for development of berth number two at the Haldia dock complex.
The Chairman was addressing the recent Maritime PPP Conclave held at the Kolkata port where explained the future plans of the port to augment its capacity and infrastructure.
On expansion plans of the Port, Mr Kumar said there is a proposal to extend the Gate facility at Balagarh (Rs 400 crore) and a plan to develop a jetty for transportation of containers and other materials. To decongest the Port, 2 jetties are being developed in the 1st phase.
Another plan is to install a floating crane facility for transshipment of containers. A floating crane (Rs 75 crore) will be deployed with a concession of 15 years at Diamond Harbor and Sagar for Container Transshipment.
The port is also working to develop a tunnel under the river Hooghly for better evacuation. Private investors are invited for this project. There is a pipeline of projects costing Rs 2500 crores to be implemented in the next three years
Concession has been awarded to Hooghly Oil and Gas terminal to set up a liquid cargo handling jetty with associated facilities at the Haldia dock II on design,build,Finance and operate (DBFOT) basis. The concession period will be for 30 years at a cost of Rs 250 crores
The Netaji Subhas Dock (NSD) concessions are ending in 2024.
The Port administration has intended to take 4 berths together in the 1st phase and the outer terminal and Berth No. 2 and 3 in the 2nd phase. With this, the entire NSD operations will be on PPP mode.