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Haldia Dock Complex to spend Rs 100 cr to set up coal jetty by August

Kolkata, Mar 22 (UNI) The Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) has decided to set up a coal handling jetty with an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore by this August, according to India Coal Market Watch (ICMW).
The ICMW quoting the port official saying the HDC, a subsidiary of KolkataPort Trust (KoPT) will set up the coal jetty by August 2017 at an investment of Rs 100 crore. The coal jetty is expected to handle some2.5 million tons (mt) cargo per year.The HDC also decided to establish two new coal handling terminals-outer terminal 1 and outer terminal 2, with a combined capacity of 9.4 mt.The feasibility studies of both these projects would be taken upshortly and it is expected that construction of this Rs 590-crore project would start in financial year 2017-18.
Explaining the justification of setting up these three coal terminals and jetty, the official said that HDC would handle 40 mt coal onaverage per year. But keeping an eye on the potential of coastalshipping of coal from the coal-rich regions of Bihar and Jharkhand tosouthern India and imports of the fuel, HDC has decided to go forthese terminals and jetty.As per the dock official, currently, there is one terminal each forhandling overseas and inland coal at HDC. The official said: “In orderto make berth availability more to coal and non-coal coal cargo, thisendeavour would be fruitful for the port in the long run.”
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