KOLKATA: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) plans to augment capacity at Haldia Port by adding three new terminals at an estimated cost of Rs. 800 crore.
A total of 9 million tonnes will be added to the existing handling capacity of 43 million tonnes at Haldia.
While one liquid-cargo terminal (2 million tonnes), primarily for edible oil, has been proposed at Salukhali, 15 km North of Haldia; two outer terminals — one for dry-bulk cargo (5 million tonnes) and another 2 million-tonne liquid-cargo terminal — have also been planned.
Work on all the three projects is expected to begin next fiscal once environmental clearances are received.
According to Mr. Vinit Kumar, Chairman, KoPT, all three terminals will be developed on the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
While around Rs. 200 crore will be spent towards developing the Salukhali terminal, the liquid-cargo terminal, called Outer Terminal-II, is expected to entail an outgo of Rs. Rs 100 crore. The remaining Rs. 500 crore will be spent on setting up Outer Terminal-I.
“Haldia is a riverine port, and by having these projects on the outskirts, larger vessels can be accommodated. We will also gain with the better draft at these terminals,” he said.
As against a 7-metre draft at Haldia, the proposed Salukhali terminal, for example, will have at least a 9-metre draft.
The Haldia Dock Complex handled around 19.124 million tonnes of cargo between April and September this year, a near-18 per cent rise over the 16.242 million tonnes it handled in the year-ago period.
These projects apart, KoPT will also be investing Rs. 100 crore for laying a second rail line from Durgachak to Haldia. This will help speed up cargo loading. The South-Eastern Railway is the implementing agency for the project, Kumar said.
The Rs. 50-crore project to augment track capacity is underway at the container-handling facility at the Netaji Subhash dock. Kumar said this will help reduce the time taken between unloading containers from a vessel and loading them for the onward journey to the rake, from the prevailing seven days, to 4.5 days.