Deendayal Port Authority (DPA) is set to develop two Mega Cargo Handling Terminals on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Mode at an estimated cost of Rs. 5,963 crores. The Authority has also decided to develop a Container Terminal and a Multipurpose Cargo Berth at Tuna-Tekra in the Kutch District, to cater to the future requirement of the hinterland and further benefit the downstream industries around the Gujarat and allied states.
Briefing about the projects at a press conference in Mumbai, Chairperson, Deendayal Port Authority, S. K. Mehta, said that the two Mega cargo handling projects will decongest the port and reduce waiting
time for handling containers and cargo. “The two projects have the capacity to change the economic strata of the Western region,” he added.
Speaking about the benefits the projects, the Chairman mentioned, “Container has been a weak link for the Kandla Port which is known for its bulk handling capacity. We are witnessing an increase in traffic. The projects can make Kandla one of the mega ports in the country.”
Container Terminal to handle next-generation vessels up to 6,000 TEUs to 21,000 TEUs
Extending his invitation to investors, the chairman mentioned “Considering the immense opportunities available for growth, I invite the business fraternity here and the interested entrepreneurs who are keenly involved in the Maritime Sector, to participate in the tender for the two Mega Projects and join hands with DPA in the mutual interest for the overall benefit of the trade and nation at large.”
Multipurpose Cargo Berth plans to handle vessels up to 1,00,000 DWT to 2,10,000 with Vessels of Draught of 15m to 18m.
Container Terminal plans to handle next-generation vessels/deeper draught vessels up to 6,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) to 21,000 TEUs with a draught of 14m to 18m, respectively. The Estimated Cost and Optimal handling Capacity of the Terminal is Rs. 4243.64 Crores and 2.19 million TEU, respectively. Once operational, the terminal will be well equipped to tap into the container market growth in the region with better infrastructure and a state-of-art world-class container facility. Multipurpose Cargo Berth plans to handle vessels up to 1,00,000 DWT to 2,10,000 with Vessels of Draught of 15m to 18m.