The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has got the green signal from the government for its Rs 1,700-crore expansion programme, which includes the construction of Haldia Dock-2 (North and South) with four jetties having capacity to handle 11.7 million tonnes (mt) of cargo per annum, according to Exim News Service.
Following the clearance from the government’s Public-Private Partnership Appraisal Committee, which comprises the Secretaries of Expenditure, Law, Planning and Shipping, KoPT can now go ahead with the expansion, sources said.
According to a senior KoPT official, mobile harbour cranes and grab unloaders would be installed at the berths for mechanised handling, which could become operational by 2016.
"We will shortly float the request for proposal (RFP) following which the technical and final bids will be floated," the official said.
The development of the facility was necessary, given the upcoming Navinagar and Barh thermal power plants of NTPC, which are expected to enhance thermal coal cargo at the Port to 40 mt by 2020, he added.
The new facility would be capable of handling the 13.5-metre long Panamax vessels with parcel sizes between 30,000-42,000 tonnes, he noted.