Cabinet to take call on Tajpur port

A proposal to build Tajpur as Bengal's and eastern India's principal port will be taken up by the Union cabinet. Sagar, the original mega-port identified for Bengal, will be built in the second phase of this project, Union minister for shipping, ports, highways and road transport Nitin Gadkari said.

By Jayanta Roy Chowdhury
  • Published 2.06.17
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New Delhi, June 1: A proposal to build Tajpur as Bengal's and eastern India's principal port will be taken up by the Union cabinet. Sagar, the original mega-port identified for Bengal, will be built in the second phase of this project, Union minister for shipping, ports, highways and road transport Nitin Gadkari said.

"A study has been done and given that Tajpur has the capacity to take in ships with up to 1 lakh deadweight tonnes, we should take up this project first... The Union cabinet is being approached... an earlier permission already exists for Sagar port, which will be taken up as Phase 2 for Bengal," said Gadkari in an interview with The Telegraph.

Silting in the Hooghly leading to Calcutta port means ships carrying cargo weighing more than 20,000 tonnes cannot proceed to that port.

Officials said a techno-economic study was under way and the Tajpur project would be taken up as phase 1. The project will come up before the cabinet as a joint venture between the state and the central governments.

The mega port, which will service the entire eastern and north eastern belt, will function as a network of four ports - Tajpur and Sagar ports along with Haldia and Calcutta ports.

"Our studies also show that we first need to build a bridge to access Sagar port before we commence work there, which is also why we are favouring building up Tajpur," said the minister who has been trying to fast-forward infrastructure projects.

"These port complexes also need to be linked with railway lines which we shall be taking up. The whole idea is that this complex is linked by waterways, sea-planes, roadways and rail up into the hinterland, right up to Benaras," the minister said.

After dredging of the Ganges, the minister plans to launch barges with a capacity of 4,000 tonnes, designed by a German firm, which will ply from Haldia to Benaras.

"From this Haldia-Tajpur-Sagar complex, I want shipping links to Chittagong where cargo will be transferred to tucks and railways to run into the Northeast."