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Kolkata Port mulls expansion project

Kolkata Port mulls expansion project

Through the Haldia Dock II project, the Kolkata Port Trust plans to add 23.4 million tonne capacity, agency reports suggest.

The project, which will be executed under a PPP (Public-private partnership) model, received approval from the PPP appraisal committee (PPPAC) for the model concession.

The port, which has reportedly received 15 offers from major companies and consortiums for the project, is expected to issue the Request for Proposal (RFP) in some weeks.

The bidders for the project include Adani, Essar, Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure, Gammon India, JSW Infrastructure, a consortium of Transstroy-OJSC, Vadinar Oil Terminal and Jindal ITF.

According to one estimate, demand for capacity at Haldia dock may rise to 40 million tonne by 2019-20. Presently, the dock has 8 million tonne of dry bulk capacity.

The estimated Rs 1,700-crore expansion involves two projects comprising HDC-II north and HDC-II south at Salukhali at Haldia, close to the existing Haldia dock. Each HDC-II north and South will have two berths each with one multipurpose and another mechanised.

KoPT has obtained nearly 160 acre of land for the project from the state government.

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