Adani Group is preparing to increase the cargo handling capacity of its newly developed deep draught Dhamra port in Odisha to 300 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).
The integrated infrastructure company aims to create similar operational capacities between its Dhamra and Mundra port, which is India's largest commercial port in the Gulf of Kachchh. Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) authorities aim to reclaim 2,000 acres of land for the expansion, with 686 acres already claimed from the Odisha government for its second phase expansion. This will increase Dhamra’s current capacity of 25 mtpa from its two berths to 100 mtpa.
Both ports are wholly owned subsidiaries of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) , which oversees ports and logistics operations for the Adani Group and is India’s largest private multi-port operator.
According to Business Standard, an APSEZ source said: “Reaching a cargo volume of 300 mt is a long-term vision and may take 2030 or beyond to realise. We have already submitted a revised master plan to the Union environment ministry. This master plan envisages 35 berths compared to 14 approved in the original plan. Also, the cargo handling capacity is nearly thrice from 108 mt to 300 mt”.