GANDIDHAM: Kandla Port Chairman Shri Ravi Parmar, IAS, held a press meet recently to discuss its ongoing and future plans going forward. He mentioned that the Port has handled 81 MMT Cargo upto Dec-2016 and is likely to cross the target 106 MMT till the end of the current financial year. In fact there was an increase in all types of cargo i.e. Bulk, Liquid, Fertilizer etc.
KPT is also giving a rebate of 25% to vessels owner on containerised cargo to boost its cargo traffic. KPT Chairman also assured the trade that all infrastructures are in place for handling Containerized Cargo and expected that main Shipping Line will divert their transhipment cargo in future through Kandla.
Further the berth priority charges will be waived upto 50 % by increasing productivity for all bulk cargo and Berth No. 1 is likely to begin handling RoRo Vessels in short period.
For this 30, 000 Sq. ft. Parking plot is being developed in port area as required by Automobile companies. With regards to Berth No 16, a total of 50,000 TUEs capacity is likely to be handled. Moreover the Kandla Container Terminal is likely to start from March 2017 after all the priority requirement and legal processes are in place. It further highlighted that increased limitation of free lease land of 65 Sq. Yard instead of 50 Sq. Yard Plots has been announced by the KPT Board. With regards to Salt auction, KPT is expecting to garner a revenue Rs. 628 cr. from lease hold plots for SEZ purpose and also got Rs. 368 cr. revenue from lease hold plots for 30 years. Further the re-tendering of remaining 8 plots for lease hold purpose is likely to generate revenue of Rs. 500 to 550 cr in future. Kandla Port Trust will use Rs. 14 to 15 cr under CSR project from this revenue and a New School is likely to be established in Vadinar with DAV Group alongwith 6 schools under CSR Project.
The press meet was attended by other KPT officials including Mr. Alok Singh, IRS Deputy Chairman, Mr. Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, Mr. M.S. Balani, Traffic Manager, Mr. Ravindra Reddy, Add. Engineer and Mr. Omprakash Dadlani, PRA.