Govt to float global tender for container terminal at Kolkata Port

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New Delhi, Nov 14 (UNI) Shipping Minister T R Baalu today said consultants of international repute would be appointed to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) and float a global tender to set up a dedicated container terminal at Diamond Harbour in Kolkata.

Mr Baalu announced this after receiving a report of the high-powered committee, set up by the Shipping Ministry to look into the problem of container traffic congestion at the Kolkata and Haldia ports.

Mr Baalu said his ministry would take necessary action on the recommendations of the committee and ensure that all support facilities and improved infrastructure facilities are in place to meet the growing demands of the trade at the two major ports.

In its report, the committee, headed by Capt P V K Mohan, recommended a uniform tariff structure for all container berths and acquisition of modern tugs for efficient ship handling.

A uniform tariff structure for all container berths would lead to harmonisation and reduction of cost to trade, said the report.

It also made a strong case for introduction of a single window system to enable trade take various permissions from customs, port authorities and CONCOR (Container Corporation of India) for speedy clearance of import and export cargoes.

The committee also recommended induction of at least four Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHCs), preferably one for each berth, augmentation of Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane (RTGC), Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes (RMGC) and trailers.

The panel suggested both short-term and long-term recommendations to cope with the projected growth in container traffic at both these ports.

Kolkata Port, which is the major gateway port xxx Eds: here pick up from para six of DC 7, SHIPPING-KOLKATA PORT-REPORT.

UNI

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