Rs 5,992 crore container terminal to be built at Tuna-Tekra
The Indian Port of Kandla, Gujarat, has unveiled that it plans to build a new 4.185 million TEU capacity terminal at Tuna-Tekra in the Gulk of Kutch.
At an estimated cost of Rs 5,992 crore, the terminal will be capable of handling the world’s largest ocean carriers, including Maersk’s Triple-E series and CMA CGM’s newest line of mega vessels, according to a release from the Kandla Port Trust.
The terminal, to be offered on a build-operate and transfer basis, will be constructed under the public-private partnership model and will boast an initial 15.5 metre draught to serve vessels of up to 15,000 TEU. The terminal’s concessionaire will be granted the option to deepen the facility even further to accommodate 18,000 TEU containerships. With its 2.1 kilometre quay, the new terminal will be able to serve as many as six vessels simultaneously.
The first phase of the project is expected to take around three years, while the second and third phases will be commissioned to be completed within two years.
Tuna-Tekra is located around 10 kilometres south of Tuna Port, which will be linked with broad-gauge rail connectivity via the Western Railway from next year.