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Call for new container terminal in Howrah to reduce pollution

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

A prominent shipping player has sought a new container terminal on the side that will not only decongest but also help lower its rising pollution levels.

"There is a need for a container terminal on the west of city (Howrah) side which could avoid trucks coming to Kolkata," said.

Tirupati Vessels has recently started RoRo (Roll-on/roll-off) service in the city.

However, Port Trust (KoPT) has dismissed the need at this hour.

KoPT told that RoRo service addresses the issue and had been commenced to transfer the trucks to bypassing roads and bridges for their onward journey.

India-Chamber of Commerce and A M Ahmad said funding for the project will not be a problem from the private sector and even Bangladeshi investors who are keen on developing it if the government decides.

Pollution in Kolkata has been rising alarmingly and the principal bench of the (NGT) had slapped a Rs 5 crore penalty on the state for its failure to control air quality in the city.

State and transport minister had said commercial vehicles beyond 15 years coming from districts and other states were a cause of concern as they were contributing heavily to the high pollution.

The KoPT said that inland waterways trade with is not doing justice to its potential due to lack of inward cargo from which makes freight costlier.

"Talks have been held at government level for export cargo of Bangladesh be allowed on Indian vessels from Dhaka's port," he said.

of coastal vessel to Pangaon was first held in February 2017.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 15:45 IST