Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated two multipurpose berths at Deendayal Port in Kandla on Friday. The new berths will enable the port to handle larger volumes of cargo, thus increasing the ports’ capacity.

During the inauguration ceremony that was held through video conferencing, Gadkari said that the two multipurpose berths at Deendayal Port will increase the port’s capacity by over 115 lakh tonnes. He also said that larger ships will be able to anchor at the port, enabling handling of larger volumes of cargo.

“Deendayal Port has been making very good progress, and along with Chabahar Port, it will play a very important role in the country’s maritime trade, giving a boost to the country’s economy.”

Nitin Gadkari

According to a government statement, the two multipurpose berths at Deendayal Port have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 280 Crore. The Optimal Capacity of each berth is 4.50 MMTPA and they are designed for vessels of size 75000 DWT. Each berth has a draught of 13 meters. The project consisted of construction of a wharf of 300 meters by 55 meters and development of a backup area of 21 hectares at each berth. Both projects were completed in 22 months, which is two months ahead of the scheduled completion time of 24 months.

These multipurpose cargo berths will also help in reducing the congestion in the port to a great extent. This development is expected to result in direct & indirect employment opportunities and economic prosperity in the region as these berths will allow the port to handle bigger ships as well as larger volumes of cargo.