KOLKATA: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is expecting an 8 per cent growth in traffic handling to 55 million tonnes within this fiscal, Chairman Vinit Kumar, said recently.
According to him, the Kolkata dock system and Haldia Dock Complex have together handled around 32 million tonnes till October this year; a 14 per cent year-on-year rise, compared to the 28 million tonnes it handled in the same period last fiscal. “We hope that the port will handle 55 mt of traffic by the end of this fiscal as against around 51 mt last year,” he said on the sidelines of a programme organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Out of the projected 55-million-tonnes traffic for FY18, the Haldia Dock Complex is likely to clock 38 million tonnes.
Tie-up with IIT-M
According to Kumar, the port is also working with IIT-Madras for a new arrangement for dumping of the dredged material. The port trust is planning to have a pipeline that will collect silt from vessels and carry it to Nayachar Island for dumping. “We have requested the State Government for permission,” he said. On the proposed Tajpur Port in East Midnapore district, Kumar said a committee is looking into its techno-economic feasibility.
“By December, we should float a tender for appointment of a consultant,” he said.