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Govt clears Kandla bulk terminal

Govt clears Kandla bulk terminal

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure cleared the proposal of Kandla Port Trust to develop a separate dry bulk terminal, equipped with top technology and mechanisation, at an estimated cost of Rs 1,060 crore on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.

The project envisages construction, operation and maintenance of an offshore berthing structure with berthing faces by single BOT operator for a licence period of 30 years, with four off-shore dry cargo berths outside Kandla creek at Tekra capable of catering to vessels up to 100,000 DWT and handling 14 MMTPA of cargo. The capacity of the project is 14.112 million tonne per annum for catering to four vessels at a time, an official release said. Implementation would need to be completed within 24 months from the date of awarding the concession.

The infrastructure development pr­oject was formulated keeping in view larger volumes of container traffic originating from western nations and the ongoing industrial development acr­oss western India. The project will be awarded through a competitive bidding process with Tariff Authority for Major Ports tariffs.

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