We are examining the proposal by engaging technical experts, said sources in the state government, adding, We will take a decision very soon. Union minister for shipping GK Vasan, in a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik, has proposed setting up of a greenfield major port on Orissa coast.
Paradip Port chairman GJ Rao has suggested that the state government reserve the Bahuda Muhana site in Ganjam district for the port.
Keen on setting up a composite port project with a ship-building yard in the state, the Union shipping ministry has written to the state government to provide at least 2,000 acres of land for free for the project.
Bahuda Muhan in Ganjam, where the coast length is about 15-20 km and where back-up land of around 2,000 acres is available, has been found suitable for the project.
Orissa has already signed a Concession Agreement (CA) with three port developers for development of minor ports at Dhamra, Goapalpur and Subarnarekha Muhan.
While the Dhamra Port has become operational, work on the Gopalpur and Subarnarekha ports is taking off. The state has already notified 14 sites, along its 480km coast line, for the location of minor ports.
While Chudamani and Jatadhari sites have been reserved for Essel Mining of Hindalco Group, and Posco India, respectively, for development of captive ports, the other sites are going to be offered through an international bidding process as there are more than one bidders for the port sites.