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RITES sets thumb rule on land for non-major ports


ritesReported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty

Bhubaneswar, Aug 6

Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), the engineering and consultancy arm of Indian Railways, has prepared a thumb rule on land requirement for non-major ports in the state. It has suggested allotment of 50 acres of land for every million tonne of cargo handling capacity proposed by the developer.

In its final report submitted to the state Commerce & Transport department, RITES has benchmarked the land need for developers of non-major ports. The report has been sent to the Chief Minister’s office for final approval.

“The agency has carried out an extensive study on land requirement for non-major port projects. Besides, a detailed presentation has also been made before the port developers and the officials of the department before finalization of the report. RITES has given a slew of recommendations on offering land to port developers”, said a senior official of the Transport department.

This is set to be the first ever benchmarking procedure for land allotment to port developers in the state.

It is to be noted that the department had declined to allocate land to Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL), a joint venture between Tata Steel and L&T, for its second phase expansion on the ground that the government is preparing a thumb rule on land requirement of non-major ports.

“We will provide land to DPCL after the master plan is approved. The port developer has already submitted the plan, which is under consideration,” said the official.

DPCL required 800 acres of land for its proposed second phase expansion. DPCL had chalked out a Rs 10,000-crore expansion plan that would ramp up its berth strength to 13 from two presently and enhance its cargo handling capacity four-fold from 25 million tonne per annum (MTPA) to 100 MTPA in five years.