international and domestic port developers Maersk India,
P&O Ports, Hutchison International Port Holdings,
ICTSI, Halcrow, Container Marine Agencies, Skanska Cementation
India, Mahindra Realty and Infrastructure Developers
are in the fray to develop and operate the bulk terminal
proposed by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on
a build-operate-transfer basis. The total cost of the
bulk terminal project is estimated at Rs 700 crore.
Due to the steady fall in the dry bulk traffic at JNPT,
the port trust had decided to redevelop its existing bulk
terminal site for other cargoes that can offer a higher
growth potential to the port. The dry bulk traffic at
JNPT has declined from a maximum of around 1.96 million
metric tonnes during 1995-96 to 0.4 million metric tonnes
during 2000-01. JNPTs bulk terminal consists of two mechanised
berths of 500 metres quay length, designed for handling
dry bulk cargo (imports) in vessels up to 70,000 DWT.
This terminal is also connected with backup facilities,
such as two grab unloaders, two continuous unloaders,
a conveyor system to carry the dry bulk cargo to the sheds
and other associated facilities. JNPT officials said all
these bidders have submitted their expression of interest
and have been asked to submit a techno-economic feasibility
study to the port trust.
The official said after receiving the feasibility studies,
the port trust will start the final selection round. "The
project will entail redevelopment of the bulk terminal
site, involving design, finance, construction, management
and operation of the same for a maximum license period
of 30 years."
said during the last one year, there has been a steady
growth in the demand for containers and it has been felt
that the growth potential will be stepped up if the existing
bulk terminal is converted into a container terminal with
a capacity of around one million TEUs.
Currently, JNPT has two container terminals and one
bulk terminal. The container terminals handled about 1.9
million TEUs in aggregate in the year 2000-01. The container
traffic has increased steadily from 54,643 TEUs in 1990-91
to 1,18,780 TEUs in 2000-01 at a compounded annual growth
rate of 36 per cent.