Kandla Port Trust (KPT) in north western India plans to create a container terminal and a multipurpose cargo terminal at Tuna Tekra, where Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) already operates a bulk terminal.
KPT has already approached India’s ministry of environment and forests for its approval and will look to open competitive bidding for the project post-clearance.
Ravi Parmar, chairman of KPT, told The Times of India: “We want to increase our footprint in container handling. We are now looking to develop another mega container terminal at Tuna Tekra and handle at least 600,000 teu in the future. The container terminal will require an investment of Rs 2,200 crore (US$330m).”
News of the project comes days after India confirmed investment plans in Iran’s Chabahar Port, which will offer it a gateway to Central Asia.
Indian shipping minister Nitin Gadkari said at the time: “The distance between Kandla and the Chabahar Port is less than the distance between New Delhi and Mumbai, and so what this agreement does is to enable us quick movement of goods first to Iran and then onwards to Afghanistan and Russia through a new rail and road link.”
India Ports Global Pvt, a joint venture between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and the KPT, will invest US$85m in developing two container berths with a length of 640 m and three multi cargo berths at Chabahar.