Kandla Port will emerge as the country’s number one Major Port in cargo handling for the fifth consecutive year in 2011-12, highlighted Dr P. D. Vaghela, Chairman of Kandla Port Trust (KPT), and Deputy Chairman, Mr M. A. Bhaskarachar, at a media interaction here on Monday, according to Exim News Service.
It was pointed out that the Port's throughput had reached 77.97 million tonnes (mt) as on March 12, from 75.39 mt at the end of February, which was way ahead of the second-placed Visakhapatnam Port's 62.18 mt and Chennai Port's 60.22 mt. Hence, Kandla Port once again coming out on top was a given, Dr Vaghela and Mr Bhaskarachar stressed, who added that KPT had set 88 mt as the cargo handling target for the next fiscal (2012-13).
It had registered a throughput of 81.88 mt in 2010-11.
Some of KPT's nearly 60 developmental projects (at an outlay of Rs 1,200 crore) were elaborated on during the interaction. It was disclosed that for the development of Berth No. 14, it had received tenders from 12 parties: IMC Ltd, TMIL, ACT Infraport Ltd, LANCO Infratech, Transstroy India Ltd, Adani Port & SEZ Ltd, Welspun Infratech Ltd, Alpha Vinmay, Grain Bulk Handlers Ltd, Patel Engineering Ltd, SKIL Infrastructure Ltd and Valecha Engineering.
Similarly, for the barge jetty at Bunder Basin, seven tenders had been received from ABG LDA Bulk Handling, IMC Ltd, Rishi Shipping, BPL-BBC Joint Venture Ltd, Oshishtta Construction Pvt. Ltd, Dinesh Chandra Agarwal and Patel Engineering Ltd.
KPT has in place a transparent policy for awarding of projects as well as for its other processes, Dr Vaghela emphasised, with all work done through proper channels. It was the first Port to introduce e-auction/e-tendering and third-party examination for every project, he pointed out.
Among the mega projects on the anvil were an oil-cum-bunkering jetty costing Rs 250 crore, the 500-m Tuna barge jetty involving an outlay of Rs 250 crore and a new rail line from IOC tanks to the Port for Rs 400 crore, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman highlighted.
Kandla Port is thus on the fast track of growth due to the efforts put in by its Heads of Department, other officials and all stakeholders, and despite some vested interests trying to put impediments and create controversies where none exist, Dr Vaghela said.