In one of the major investments made under the Sagar Mala program, the Port and Shipping Ministry has identified as many as 74 port infra projects costing Rs 57,000 crores in Gujarat to be mostly implemented in Kandla port, the sole government owned port in the state..
Out of these, 15 projects worth Rs 9,000 crore have been completed while 33 projects worth more than Rs 25,000 crore are under implementation. 26 projects worth Rs 22,700 crore are under development. Central line ministries, major ports, state maritime board and other state agencies are jointly implementing these projects according to an official release.
Industry experts point out that Gujarat has one government owned Port at Kandla which has been named after DeenDayalUpadhyaya and bulk of the investments would go to this single port.
Ministry of Ports has unveiled an ambitious plan to develop ‘Berth No.13 for Handling Multipurpose Clean Cargo including Container Cargo at Kandla port (Deendayal Port) on Design, Build, Finance, Operate & Transfer (DBFOT) basis under Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode. The project will be developed for an estimated cost of Rs.167.88 Crore. The development of this project by the Ports Ministry is in line with the efforts to provide world class infrastructure and services to its stakeholders and to cater to the future requirements of the hinterland.
The proposed facility is planned for handling vessels up to 75,000 DWT or equivalent TEUs with Optimal Capacity of 4.20 MMTPA for Multipurpose Clean Cargo and 0.10 Million TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent unit) for Container Cargo.
This facility will be used for handling Multipurpose Clean Cargo, viz., Food grains, Sugar, Salt, Silica Clay, Ro-Ro Cargo, Timber Logs, Project Cargo including Container Cargo on PPP mode, by allotting the berth to the successful bidder on ‘as-is-where-is’ basis through DBFOT under PPP mode.