Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet on Wednesday gave clearance for setting up a port at Tajpur in East Midnapore at the cost of Rs 5,000 crore, which will be entirely owned by the Bengal government and is expected to be a competitor to Paradeep port. The new port will have a draught of 15m with an 18km channel from the sea, so that large vessels can be anchored.
The committee chaired by Mamata Banerjee gave the go-ahead as the port will be close to NH-116B and merely 23km from Contai station. Finance and industries minister Amit Mitra said that due to good connectivity -the nearest railway station is barely 12km away -the initial infrastructure will cost as low as Rs 160 crore. He added that there will be no need of any land acquisition as there is no habitation in the area where the state has about 1,500 acres of low lying land.
Mitra added that since both Kolkata and Haldia are riverine ports, they have tidal problems and have to be dredged. Tajpur will be spared that problem since it will be a sea port.
The port will allow ships with a maximum of 60,000 tonnes of cargo to come in.At Haldia, the draught is only 7.5m and ships struggle to bring in more than 22,000 tonnes.
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