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KoPT appoints L&T to prepare master plan to expand its capacity

KoPT appoints L&T to prepare master plan to expand its capacity

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Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) Chairman Vinit Kumar addresses at Maritime Conclave 2019 at East Coast Railway Stadium in Bhubaneswar, on Jan 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) Chairman Vinit Kumar addresses at Maritime Conclave 2019 at East Coast Railway Stadium in Bhubaneswar, on Jan 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) Chairman Vinit Kumar addresses at Maritime Conclave 2019 at East Coast Railway Stadium in Bhubaneswar, on Jan 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Kolkata: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Director (Infrastructure) Neerja Singh, Ministry of Shipping Director (Port) Arvind Chaudhary, Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) Chairman Vinit Kumar, Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) Deputy Chairman G. Senthilvel and KoPT Deputy Chairman S. Balaji Arun Kumar light the lamp to inaugurate Maritime Conclave 2019 at East Coast Railway Stadium in Bhubaneswar, on Jan 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Kolkata: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Director (Infrastructure) Neerja Singh, Ministry of Shipping Director (Port) Arvind Chaudhary, Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) Chairman Vinit Kumar, Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) Deputy Chairman G. Senthilvel and KoPT Deputy Chairman S. Balaji Arun Kumar light the lamp to inaugurate Maritime Conclave 2019 at East Coast Railway Stadium in Bhubaneswar, on Jan 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Kolkata, Jan 29 (IANS) Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has appointed L&T Consulting Services to prepare a master plan for expanding its cargo handling capacity to 90 million tonne per annum in the next 4-5 years, an official said on Tuesday.
"Given the demand trend and to retain the cargo amid competition from other ports, we have engaged L&T Consulting for preparing a master plan to ramp up the cargo handling capacity to 90 million tonne in 4-5 years from around 62 million tonne at present," KoPT Chairman Vinit Kumar on the sidelines of a roadshow for the upcoming Maritime Conclave 2019.
He said port users had asked to augment capacity to handle additional demand that could jump by another 200 per cent from present volume.
Haldia Dock's present capacity of 45 million tonnes is expected to be augmented to 65 million tonnes per annum while Kolkata Dock System's capacity to be enhanced to 25 million tonnes from about 17-18 million tonnes, he said.
According to officials, steel makers have informed the port to take necessary steps to ensure infrastructure in order to handle higher raw material and finished goods as they are planning to enhance their capacities.
Speaking on the proposed Tajpur deep sea port, Kumar said there had been "no official communication" from the West Bengal government whether the state would exit the joint venture or not.
--IANS
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