Kolkata: Adani Ports, which is rapidly expanding its network on the East Coast, is set to enter the maritime sector in West Bengal as it has emerged as the first bidder to operate a berth on the Haldia Doc campus, an official said on Monday.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd. surpassed the city-based Ripley & Co., citing a royalty of Rs 75 per tonne for awarding the right to mechanize the dry bulk cargo handling berth formerly known as Kolkata Port to Siama Prasad Mukherjee Ports Trust’s HTC. , he said.
The port official said the Adani Group was one of the bidders for six berths at the Kittarpur dockyard in Kolkata.
The country’s largest private port operator also expressed interest in operational facilities related to inland waterways, which will be auctioned off to multimodal terminals when these are cleared by the Inland Waterways Authority of India.
“Adani is the highest bidder for Haldia Perth 2, with a royalty of Rs 75 per tonne.
“The facility has 20 berths, six of which will be privatized,” said SMP Kolkata chairman Vinith Kumar.
Haldia Perth will be mechanized to handle 3.744 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo at an investment of Rs 298.26 crore.
The Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) has approved a cargo handling rate of Rs. 335.90 per tonne for this facility.
A senior official of the company said that the Adani Group is interested in improving inland waterways and that it will be placed under the hammer when it is auctioned for multimodal terminals.
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