Kolkata Port Trust to renovate ports in Kolkata, Haldia

Kolkata, July 21 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Kolkata Port Trust plans to perform a systematic renovation of the existing ports at Kolkata and Haldia in near future, a top official said here on Wednesday.
Kolkata Port Trust Chairman M L Meena on Wednesday said that along with the removal of silt to increase draft, facilities like transloading through new jetties and extensive railway network between Kolaghat and Haldia will be established to reduce logistics cost.
He remarked, “We are aware that if ports are efficient then cost and delay can be reduced.”
“It is true that at present logistics cost is very high, especially in the east”, he added.
Meena accepted the fact that ports in Bengal are currently not capable of handling heavy vessel as the draft has decreased in the past few years.
“When all the ports are increasing the draft, the draft in our ports have actually reduced in the last 4-5 years but we will correct the situation,” he said.
Meena announced upcoming projects which include construction of deep water ports in Haldia, Diamond Harbour container facilities and a deep sea port at Sagar.
He said, “In the next 4-5 years there will be increase of 20 million tonnes of import and export and these upcoming facilities will help in the increase in total volume of our trade.”
Meena informed that they are embarking on an innovative project of 2000 acres of land reclamation at Sagar for the deep sea port.
“Since land requisition was a problem so we have decided to reclaim 2000 acres of land by utilising the silt that will be dredged in order to increase the depth at Haldia,” he remarked.

(Reporting by Arnab Chakraborty)

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