Balagarh hub on port menu

Vineet Kumar in Calcutta on Thursday. A Telegraph picture

Calcutta: The Calcutta Port Trust (CPT) plans to set up an economic zone cum extended terminal for cargo at Balagarh near here, using the National Waterways-1, to transport goods between Haldia and Allahabad.

"National Waterways-1 is coming up. We have mooted an idea to build a cargo terminal at Balagarh which is about 40-45 km from Calcutta, to overcome city congestion for north-bound cargo from Haldia and Calcutta docks using NW-1," CPT chairman Vineet Kumar said on Thursday at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

He said as the CPT had 300 acres of land in place at the location, it can act as an economic zone and "we propose to invite industries to set up their operations here", he said.

The facility for which a detailed project report will be ready in the next three months, is expected to be a win-win situation for both industry and ports.

Kumar said the extended terminal gateway of Balagarh can act as a storing hub for cargo from Haldia and Calcutta docks, for their onward journey via waterways or by road.

This will also bring down the turnaround time and help in decongesting the city.

Kumar said a roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) service is expected to commence shortly after its successful trials.

"This service will able to ferry about 150-180 Howrah-bound trucks from Kidderpore docks or one-third of the total average truck movement. This is targeted to decongest city and overcome vehicular movement restrictions during day time," the CPT head said.

Kumar added that its bulk outer terminal-II project at Haldia and Salukhali liquid terminals will add to the overall 8 million tonnes capacity.


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