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Govt aims at 3,200 mt port capacity by 2020 - 2012-01-18

The government today said it plans to augment the port capacity to 3,200 million tonnes by attracting a huge investment of Rs 2.87 lakh crore by 2020.

The capacity of ports, including 13 Centre-owned major and about 200 non-major ports, is little over 1,000 mt at present. The 13 major ports are Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Kolkata (with Haldia), Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Cochin, Paradip, New Mangalore, Marmagao, Ennore, Tuticorin, Kandla and Port Blair.

Some of the capacity addition projects include Rs 293-crore project for deepening of channel to create an additional 5 MTPA capacity and construction of a deep draught iron ore berth and coal berth on BOT basis at a cost of Rs 1,070 crore, to add 20 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity

Regarding the connectivity to port, a new Haridaspur-Paradip rail link was under execution by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd which would reduce the rail route from the iron ore mines of Odisha to Paradip making the export more viable apart from reducing congestion.

On completion of the project, there will be considerable reduction of the distance from Bansapani to Paradip and the freight will be reduced by 50 per cent. The port handled 56 mt of traffic during 2010-11 comprising 31.22 mt of import and 24.81 mt of export.

Source: Hindu Business Line