The proposal for the second dock complex project at Haldia has been approved by the Union Government.

Union Minister of Shipping G. K. Vasan said here on Monday that the proposed project was approved by the Union Cabinet last week.

“We have three new projects under Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) – Diamond Harbour container terminal, Haldia Dock II at Salukhali, and a new deep-sea port at the Sagar Island. The Haldia Dock II project has been approved by the Union Cabinet last week,” Vasan told reporters at KoPT headquarters.

Dock II project

The Rs 1,700-crore proposed second dock complex at Salukhali in PPP mode, however, has failed to attract private participants.

According to KoPT sources, though the port authorities claimed that companies such as Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure, Gammon India, JSW Infrastructure, Jindal ITF showed interest in the project, none of the participants submitted final bid documents last month.

KoPT had earlier said that the West Bengal Government handed over nearly 160 acres of land for the proposed facility.

Lack of cargo coupled with alleged law and order problems had forced ABG-LDA run Haldia Bulk Terminals (HBT) to withdraw operations from existing Haldia dock complex in October last year.

ayan.pramanik@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on April 8, 2013)
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