Significant growth in capacity
Several developmental projects got under way at the major ports during the year. The year also witnessed significant growth in traffic and capacity at ports as
well as growth in tonnage. During the year perspective plans were prepared for
the 12 major ports, alongside the national development plan. In another
development, the draft model concession agreement for PPP projects was finalised
during the year, and is awaiting government approval.
Following the decision by the Committee on Infrastructure headed by the prime
minister, the 12 major ports engaged international consultants for preparation
of their respective perspective plans (business plans) for 20 years which would
include an action plan for seven years also. These plans are expected to serve
as guides for the major ports in preparing their annual plans and undertaking
various developmental projects in future.
Mumbai Port Trust: The new offshore container terminal costing Rs 1,228 crore
was awarded to a consortium of Gammon India and Dragados SPL of Spain, to be
implemented on BOT basis.
Paradip Port Trust: Proposals for a new iron ore berth on BOT basis (Rs 505
crore) and a new coal berth on BOT basis (Rs 612 crore) were approved in
principle by the Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee, in March 2007.
Tuticorin Port Trust: Approval of Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee
(PPPAC) received for the project of Development of 8th Berth as the Second
Container Terminal at Tuticorin Port on BOT basis. Further action is under
Ennore Port Ltd: The port company signed Concessions agreements with the
selected bidders for development of an 8 million tpa coal terminal and a 12
million tpa iron ore terminal, to be developed on BOT basis. The projects will
together cost Rs 828 crore.
Chennai Port Trust: The licence agreement for the second container terminal was
signed in March 2007. The Rs 495 crore to come up with private sector
participation is scheduled to commission by April 2009.
Modern deep sea port in West Bengal: The proposal to construct a deepwater port
in West Bengal gathered momentum with the Department of Shipping initiating the
process of selecting consultants. The proposed port, with a minimum draft of
17m, will be an alternative to the Kolkata port that suffered from draft
Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project: Dredging work on a stretch of channel in
Palk Strait (Package D) that was awarded to Dredging Corporation of India Ltd
was under progress in 2006-07. The contract dredging at Adam's Bridge and
Southern Parts of Palk Bay/Palk Strait (Package A, B & C) under SSCP, were also
awarded to DCIL. About 28 million cubic metres of dredging has been undertaken
so far. Dredging in Adam's Bridge has been suspended in view of Supreme Court
orders in August and September 2007.
During the year 2006-07, Railways completed projects for rail connectivity to
the major ports at Haldia, New Mangalore, Kandla and JNPT. The project for road
connectivity to Visakhapatnam Port was also completed. Rail connectivity to the
Vallarpadam international container transshipment terminal in Kochi was approved
March 2007, with a cost of Rs.245.67 crore.
In the first eight months (April to November) of the current financial year
2007-08, traffic handled by 12 major ports stood at 333.27 million tonnes, up 13
per cent from 294.6 million tonnes in the same period of 2006-07.
[December 31, 2007 - January 6, 2008]