A railway hub at Mangalore Port

In another few years, New Mangalore Port, according to its Chairman, Mr P. Tamilvanan, will virtually become a railway hub. Right now, the port handles about six million tonnes of railway traffic, likely to jump to 10 mt in another couple of years. The surge will happen because several port users and the port authorities are planning major investments in railway facilities to and from the port. Some of the users include Udipi Power Corporation, engaged in construction of a captive berth; and Kudremukh Iron Ore Company, whose traffic throughput is over one million tonnes annually. Meanwhile, five consortia – led by ILF&S, Maritime Group, Spain, Simplex, Adani Group and Essar Group – have responded to requests for proposals invited by the port authorities for construction of a container berth. Hopefully, as the Chairman points out, the selection of the contractor will be completed in three months. By that time, the formalities for starting work on the POL berth too will be complied with, it is pointed out. The POL berth is to be built by NMPT at an estimated Rs 79 crore to cater to the requirements of the Mangalore refinery, which is undergoing expansion from 9.69 mt to 15 mt by 2011-12. More Stories on : Shipping/Ports | Railways

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