Minor port in Kerala
The Kerala government will develop Azhikkal Port on BOT basis. The technical master plan for the proposed port is being prepared based on the techno feasibility study carried out by ICICI-Kinfra and Howi India. Under the original plan the port was to be developed by K.P.P. Nambiar and Associates along with the establishment of a 513-mw thermal power plant. This proposal, however, fell through.
Dredging at Tuticorin Port
Four foreign firms, Jan de Nul, Boskalis International B.V., Van Oord ACZ Marine & Dredging Contractors and Dredging International N.V., and an Indian company, Jaishu Shipping Company, Kandla, have bid for dredging works at berth No.8 of the port. The work involves removal of 450,000 cu.m of mostly rock, from the dock basin in front of the berth within seven months.
Hazira Port plan inches ahead
The Gujarat Industrial Development Board has approved the draft concession agreement for development of Hazira Port. The Hazira multi-purpose port along with an LNG import terminal would be developed by Shell India, a subsidiary of Shell Inc. The port includes a 5.8 million tonne solid cargo terminal, which would handle iron ore (3.1 million tpa), coal (2.0 mtpa) and general cargo, including HR coils and scrap (0.7 mtpa). The 5 mt LNG terminal would handle LNG, LPG and petrochemicals.
Development of NW3 under study
Following a techno-economic feasibility study for the extension of NW3 from Kottappuram to Kasaragod in north Kerala and from Kollam to Kovalam in the south, the Ministry of Shipping has concluded that development of the stretch was viable. Actual work will be carried out subject to availability of resources.
ICD at Sheetalpur in Bihar
The government will set up a Rs 23.42 crore inland container depot at Sheetalpur in Saran district of Bihar along with an integrated logistics hub at Hajipur at an estimated cost of Rs 14.95 crore. This would cater to export of agro products, especially litchi.