Date: 25/01/2023

Minister inaugurates new oil jetty & launches other initiatives to augment capacity at Deendayal Port
The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, has virtually unveiled a slew of initiatives to ramp up capacity at Deendayal Port, Kandla, in the presence of Mr Shantanu Thakur, MoS, MoPSW, Mr Shripad Naik, MoS, MoPSW and other senior dignitaries. The estimated investment is ` 280 crore, as per an official communique.
The Union Minister inaugurated Oil Jetty No. 7 at Old Kandla, built with an investment of ` 73.92 crores. This jetty, with a capacity of 2 MMTPA, will enhance the liquid handling capacity of mainly edible oil to satiate the projected requirements. With an augmented capacity to handle cargo, it will bring down the waiting time (pre-berthing detention time) of vessels and other related assets.
He also laid the foundation stones for development of Back-Up Area of Oil Jetty No. 8 to 10, with an estimated investment of ` 98.41 crore; development of four-lane Road common Corridor from LC-236 B to 16th Cargo Berth along railway line, with an estimated investment of ` 67 crore; as well as construction of Dome-Shaped Storage Shed inside CJ area Phase II, with an estimated investment of ` 39.66 crore. All these projects are scheduled to be completed by 2024. 
Jetty advantage
With the inauguration of the jetty, more number of ships will now be accommodated as improved turnaround time will benefit both shipping companies as well as port users. The jetty is T-shaped with length of 110 m and breadth of 12.40 m, which can handle large size vessels up to 65,000 DWT and 13 m depth. 
Other projects
Deendayal Port Authority is the largest liquid handling port in the country. It handles all kinds of liquid bulk like petroleum products, petrochemicals, acids, liquefied gases and vegetable 
oils. Keeping the future vision and port expansion as well as the demand of port users, DPA has initiated action for development of land parcel of 554 acres (225 ha) in the associated Oil Jetty No. 8 to 11. The land parcel will be utilised for tank farm development, with tentative tankage capacity of 2.28 million KL. The proposed back-up area will be connected to the oil jetties and the pipe racks from the jetties will be capable to feed into both the tank farms. 
A separate common corridor/road from LC-236B (New ROB) to 16th CB along railway line will be built for smooth cargo operation of the port and for accommodating the existing and upcoming traffic of cargo berth No. 11 to 17. Phase I of the work is expected to be completed in 18 months with an estimated cost of ` 67 crore. The proposed work comprises of a four-lane road having length of 6.5 km with flexible pavement. The dome-shaped storage shed has 4 godowns of total 24,000 M2 area with storage capacity of 1.05 lakh MT to be constructed in Phase II. These 4 godowns, of size 200 m x 30 m, are to be constructed in place of G-22 & G-23. The godowns are self-supported roofing system type without any intermediate supporting structure between roof & floor, resulting in more working height for cargo handling and suitable for bulk cargo through hydraulic system. 
Among the others who graced the event were the Member of Parliament (MP) of Kachchh Mr Vinodbhai Chavda, the Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Gandhidham Ms Maltiben Maheswari, Mr S. K. Mehta, IFS, Chairman, Deendayal Port Authority, along with top officials & employees of Deendayal Port Authority, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, and other distinguished guests. 
Source: Exim News Service: New Delhi/Guwahati/gandhidham, Jan. 24