The Odisha government has decided to rope in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai for carrying out rationalisation of all the minor ports coming up in the Odisha coastline.
“The Commerce and Transport department has been pleased to approve your proposal for assignment of job of consultancy to IIT, Madras, Chennai at the quoted offer of Rs 15 lakh for rationalisation of port limits of the minor ports of Odisha,” said a letter of the department to Director of Ports.
The state government has engaged the consultancy service for carrying out rationalization of 13 minor port limits after examining two consultancy firms – Rail India Technical and Economic Services (Rites) and IIT, Chennai.
The decision was taken after a tussle emerged between Paradip Port and Odisha government over the port limits of Paradip and the Jatadhar Muhan Port proposed to be developed by Posco India in a nearby area.
Paradip Port Trust (PPT) had complained to the state government that the port limit of the Jatadhar Muhan infringes on Paradip port limits narrowing the activities of the port in the limited areas, official sources said. A uniform policy would be prepared to avoid any dispute over port limits in the state, they said.
It is to be noted that the Commerce and Transport department had asked the Port director to examine the limit of Jatadhar Muhan port vis-à-vis Paradip port limit notified in 1966 and furnish a detailed report with a clear map for further action.
“It appears from the maps prepared and furnished by you that Jatadhar Muhan port limit notified by government of Odisha infringes on the limits of Paradip port notified in 2010,” said a letter of the department to the port director.
The Gazette notification of Jatadhar Muhan port was issued in 2000. Korean steel major Posco has proposed to set up a captive port at Jatadhar river mouth, which will be barely 12 km from the steel plant proposed by the South Korean company in Jagatsinghpur.