Transport & Dock Workers Union, Kandla, has requested Mr Prakash Javadekar,
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, to clear
developmental projects on priority. In a letter written to the Minister in this
regard, the union submitted the following points related to developmental
projects at Deendayal Port, with a request for kind consideration and necessary
action, as per a release.
Port is the No. 1 Major Port in the country and has been maintaining the
position for the last 10 years.
Cost of handling less in comparison to
other Major Ports
port has a vast hinterland encompassing North, Central and Western India and
thus always remains the busiest port. The cost of handling is also less in
comparison to other Major Ports with productivity and turnaround time being
higher. It operates 24 x 7 x 365.
Handles liquid cargo on a large scale
port handles liquid cargo on a large scale. At present 6 oil jetties are
available, with one IFFCO jetty and one IOC jetty also there, along with a
complete pipeline network.
the largest oil storage area in the
whole of Asia.
a result, oil storage facilities have been created by the port on a large
scale. Several oil storage tanks have been constructed by private parties on
land allotted by the Port Trust. It is, in fact, called the largest oil storage
area in the whole of Asia.
this infrastructure and the continuous increase in liquid cargo, the Port Trust
has decided to add two more oil jetties to cater to more oil vessels, so that
they can berth easily, cargo is not diverted to the nearby private ports, and
the storage facilities created can be fully utilised.
Decision to construct 2 more oil jetties
from internal port funds, 4 yrs back with Ministry’s approval
decision was taken about 4 years back with the approval of the Shipping
Ministry, to construct 2 more oil jetties from internal port funds.
the proposal was sent to the Environment Ministry for approval about 3 to 4
years back and simultaneously tenders were invited and Letter of Intent was
awarded to the lowest bidder for construction of the seventh oil jetty. But
till date the work has not commenced as environment clearance has not been
Environment clearance not received till
the decision was taken to construct the 8th oil jetty, for which approval was
taken from MoS, the tender process initiated and Letter of Intent given to the
lowest bidder about a year back, subject to environment clearance. But, again,
till date clearance has not been received due to which work cannot be started.
Vessels diverted to nearby private ports
a result, the waiting time for oil vessels has increased and traffic has been
diverted to the nearby private ports. Parties who have constructed storage
tanks have become restless as they find their investment being wasted. If this
situation continues further, Deendayal Port will suffer as liquid cargo traffic
will permanently divert to the new private ports.
it is essential that construction work of both the 7th and 8th oil jetties
starts at the earliest to overcome the difficult situation, for which
environment clearance is required immediately. Unfortunately, it is not
forthcoming despite the relentless efforts by the management of Deendayal Port
Union requested the matter be examined
on priority basis
this situation, the communiqué by the union has humbly requested that this
matter be examined on priority basis and environment clearance be given as
early as possible for the 7th and 8th oil jetties so that the port can cater to
liquid cargo as per requirements.
communiqué expressed the hope that the Minister will use his good office for
this purpose, which is in the larger interest of the nation, said the release.