Tuna port to be upgraded

Rajkot, July 20 | Updated: Jul 21 2005, 05:45am hrs
Tuna Port, which is under the control of Kandla Port Trust (KPT), will be developed as Satellite Port in Gujarat. KPT will commence the project in March 2006 and it will be completed in next 14 months. This will be the second port, after the Vadinar Port, to be developed by KPT in Gujarat.

Speaking to FE, A Janardhan Rao, chairman, KPT, said, earlier, Vadinar Port was developed to carry out trade in petroleum products. However, Tuna Port will be developed as a multi-purpose port. We have sent the proposal to the Central government for approval and are expecting the sanction from them after which we will commence the work. Since Central government is committed towards development of infrastructural facilties at the ports, the proposal will not face any problems and will soon be sanctioned.

It is noteworthy that IFFCO is coming up with a Phosphoric Acid plant near Tuna Port and will be amongst the first users of this port. Initially two jetties will be constructed and will be utilised by IFFCO. Kandla Port has plans to construct eight jetties at the port site and has estimated that nearly two crore tonnes of goods will be transported through this port.

Kandla Port Trust has earmarked Rs 323 crores for this project. Speaking on the concept of Satellite Ports, Mr Rao said, with new technology in place, the concept of Satellite Ports has gained popularity across the world. We, at Kandla Port, have also commenced developmental work where additional eight jetties will be added to the existing 11 jetties. KPT is investing Rs 4,985 crores for the developmental activities at the port site and once the additional jetties operational, the port will witness a two-fold increase in the traffic in the coming years.