CS directs officials to fast-track minor port development

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 10: Chief Secretary GC Pati Wednesday directed officials of state and minor ports to put the work into fast-track mode.

Reviewing the progress of all proposed and under implementation minor ports, Pati said many proposed ports were facing either legal hurdles or protests by locals against the method of land acquisition. He asked the concerned officials to take steps to resolve the cases pending in the courts

.Dhamra Jetty

Pati also directed the developers to come up with better rehab package for the peoples, who will be affected due to the port development work, an official source said. Adani Group owned Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL) urged the government to provide land for its second phase expansion. The port has planned to spend Rs 10,000crore, which would add 11 berths to the port and raise its capacity four-fold to 100 million tonne, up from 25 million tonne presently.

“We had requested the state government to allot 736 acres of land. The land allotment has been approved by the government and we hope to get the land soon,” said Santosh Kumar Mohapatra, director at DPCL after the meeting.

The port has already obtained environment clearance for the expansion which will help upgrade cargo handling capacity four-fold from 25 mtpa to 100 mtpa in five years. The authorities of Gopalpur port need to repair the losses to several parts of the port, including breakwater and berth which had been damaged in the cyclonic storm Hudhud. It will take two to three months to bring normalcy,” said managing director of Gopalpur Ports Ltd (GPL) Mahimanandan Mishra.

With regard to port at Subarnarekha, State PSU- Orissa industrial infrastructure development corporation (Idco) officials informed that 692 acre of land is being acquired and it will be handed over to the port soon. Besides, Pati reviewed the status of minor ports at Astarang, Chudamani, Bichitrapur, Jatadhari Muhan, Barunei Muhan and Kirtania.Gopalpur

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