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Dhamra Port expansion of phase -II

February 15, 2013 1 comment

The Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL) is likely to raise the capacity of the port by 75 million tonne taking the total capacity to 100 million tonne mark.

This will be the phase II expansion set by the company, once the land allotment is over. The company will require additional land for the proposed expansion, which is not appear tenable as per government. However, this will be considered by the state government on the basis of a norm (thumb rule) being formulated.

As per the norms,first, the port has to achieve capacity utilization of 70% of Phase-I in accordance with clause 4.4 of the concession agreement. Second, it has to obtain environment clearance from Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF) for the proposed expansion. Third, DPCL also has to get a no-objection certificate from the National Green Tribunal in the matter of expansion of port beyond the limits of the port.

Moreover, there is also a speculation over stake sale by the port promoters-L&T and Tata Steel, which could further delay the expansion.

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Phase II expansion of Gopalpur port to be delayed

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

The Phase II expansion of the Gopalpur port in Ganjam district is likely to be delayed by a year following the delay in receiving clearances from the Union MoEF.

The expansion entailing an estimated investment of Rs 950 crore, has not got the MoEF nod despite the request made to the ministry by the Orissa Government following the recommendation of the Orissa State Coastal Zone Management Authority.

The delay in the environmental clearance is attributed to the protests from the wildlife activists and environmentalists who fear that the port expansion will impact the Olive Ridley turtles which congregate every year at the Rushikulya river mouth, about 40 km from the port.

The Phase II expansion aims to raise the port’s capacity to 20 million tpa and was scheduled to be commissioned in 2011. A consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India, with others like Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, and Allahabad Bank is likely to fund the expansion.

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