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Infra Projects galore in Visakhapatnam port

The state-owned Visakhapatnam port is going ahead with a massive project of mechanization of three berths at a cost of nearly Rs 450 crores to enable quick handling of cargo according to Port sources.

Techno-economic feasibility for the project completed

The sources said the techno-economic feasibility for the project has been completed. The tenders for the project may be invited in a couple of months once all the clearances are secured.

As part of the mechanization conveyor belts will be built in the port’s wharfs for the quick handling of cargo. The project will be implemented on the basis of design, build operate and transfer basis. Besides improving the turn-over of the vessel, the measure would also help to reduce pollution in the port area.

Extended berth expected to be commissioned in the next six months

The Port will be expanding its container handling capacity with the extension of the existing container terminal at a cost of Rs 650 crores. Work on the project is proceeding and the extended berth capable of handling 5.6 lakh containers per annum is expected to be commissioned in the next six months.  

A truck parking facility also being commissioned

A truck parking facility capable of accommodating nearly one thousand vehicles at a time is also being commissioned in a 30 acre area. The facility is being built on DBOT basis. The facility will contain the congestion within the port

The additional oil handling facilities in the inner harbor will be completed by March 2022 with an investment of Rs.168 crore, facilitating an additional capacity of 5.25 million ton. Two HMCs (Harbor Mobile Cranes) of 100 ton capacity each in the inner harbor would be installed in the next three months.

The cargo handling at the port has dropped to 15.33 million tons during the first quarter of the current financial year April-June as against about seventeen million tons handled during the corresponding period last year. The exports have gone up marginally, but the imports have seen a dip. 

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