Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal unveils major initiatives worth ₹280 crores for upgradation of Kandla Port
The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal has recently unveiled a slew of initiatives to ramp up capacity at Kandla port which is one of India’s major ports. With an estimated investment of ₹280 crores, the initiatives will boost capacity at the Kandla port of Deendayal Port Authority.
The Union Minister inaugurated the oil jetty No. 7 at Old Kandla which was built with an investment of ₹ 73.92 crores. This jetty, with a capacity of 2 MMTPA, is slated to enhance the liquid handling capacity of mainly edible oil to satiate the projected requirements.
Sarbananda Sonowal also virtually laid down the foundation stones for the development of the Back-Up Area of Oil Jetty No 8 to 10, with an estimated investment of ₹98.41 crores; the development of a four-lane road common corridor from LC-236 B to 16th Cargo Berth along the railway line, with an estimated investment cost of ₹67 crores and the construction of Dome Shaped Storage Shed at a cost of ₹39.66 crores.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “The role of maritime trade is of paramount importance in this regard. We are building the capacity of our ports to propel opportunities for the Blue Economy to power the growth of India."
DPA is the largest liquid handling port in the country. It handles all kinds of liquid bulk including petroleum products, petrochemicals, acids, liquefied gases, and vegetable oils.
Recently, DPA, Kandla has created a record by handling 6,67,054 MT of cargo on 23rd January 2023, which surpasses the previous record of single-day handling of 6,65,387 MT that was achieved on 4th April 2021.
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