The Deendayal Port Authority (DPA) has announced plans to increase handling capacity with two privately funded mega container and cargo terminals at Tuna-Tekra, India.
DPA will develop these projects on a public private partnership (PPP) model worth Rs. 5963 crores ($745 million).
The development programme was announced on 18 July.
The container terminal project aims to accommodate vessels of up to 21,000 TEU and it is estimated around Rs. 4243.64 crores ($567 million), for an overall handling capacity of 2.19 million TEU.
The second project, involving a multipurpose cargo berth, will create a facility to welcome vessels up to 210,000 Deadweight tonnage (DWT) with draught of 15 to 18 metres.
“At Deendayal Port, we are focusing on six major strategic areas which include cargo and productivity improvement; landlord port development; port-led industrialisation; coastal shipping and Ro-Ro; Ro-pax expansion; Improvement in ease of doing business and cost of doing business and Green, Sustainable and Safe Port development,” said Shri S. K. Mehta, IFS, Chairperson, Deendayal Port Authority.
“To further aid the handling capacity, these two Mega cargo handling projects will decongest the port and reduce waiting time for handling containers and cargo.”
The port authority will offer a 30-year operating concession rights to the winning bidder, with a provision to extend it by a further 20 years.
DPA handled 127.1 million metric tons of cargo in fiscal year 2021-22, up 8.11 per cent year-over year; with the new investments, the port aims to reach a throughput level of 200 million tonnes by 2030.