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Paradip Port fears JSW's captive port plan will impact its cargo biz

JSW's facility will cater to the needs of its proposed 10-mn-tonne steel plant in the area

Dillip Satapathy  |  Bhubaneswar 

Paradip Port Trust
Paradip Port Trust

Paradip Port, the largest major port in the country after in terms of cargo volume, fears its operation may be affected by the proposed of group in its vicinity.

"Any port in our vicinity will affect our operation," said a top official of Trust (PPT).

group plans to build a facility at Paradip to cater to the needs of its proposed 10-million-tonne steel plant in the area.

"We have not been asked for our view by the government. We will certainly oppose the setting up of the port in our neighbourhood if asked to give our views," said the PPT official.

To emphasise the impact of JSW's proposed port on Paradip port, he said, the cargo handling at Visakhapatnam port has been severely affected following the establishment of Gangavaram port close by.

Though unlike Gangavaram, JSW's proposed port will be only meant for captive use, he said, still it would knock off 20 million tonne from Paradip port's cargo projection. handled 90 million tonne cargo in the last fiscal and aims to achieve 100 million tonne in the current financial year.

"We have already made a presentation to urging them to use our port facility for their project. But we hear, they are going ahead with a proposal to have their own port," the official said.

Interestingly, is currently engaged in building an handling berth of 10 million tonne capacity at a cost of Rs 740 crore at in PPP mode.

has submitted a proposal to Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha (Ipicol) expressing intention to locate the port at Jatadhari Muhan, about 8 Kms from

It is at the same place had earlier proposed to set up a which was also then opposed vehemently by the authorities.

intends to set up its steel plant on the land vacated by after the latter scrapped its plan for a 12 million tonne plant there on issues of delay in land acquisition and linkage.

The proposed port is estimated to cost Rs 2,000 crore. It will initially have cargo handling capacity of 10 million tonne which will be increased to 20 million tonne later.

Though JSW's plans for Rs 50,000 crore steel mill and Rs 3,700 crore slurry pipeline to carry from mines to the plant site have been cleared by the High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA), the port project is yet to taken up for consideration by the authority, chaired by chief minister

Initially, group had planned to establish a commercial port at But, it later altered the plan in favour of a as the state's port policy stipulated that all commercial ports have to be developed through the competitive bidding route.

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 18:50 IST