Finally, Dhamra port commissioned

Eastern India's deepest port at Dhamra, a sleepy rural area off Bay of Bengal in Bhadrak district was commissioned on Sunday, after years of intense protests by environmental activists and groups over allegations that the port was situated on protected forest land.

Situated on north of the mouth of river Dhamra in Bhadrak district, the Rs 3,500 crore project is a 50:50 joint venture of Larsen & Toubro and Tata Steel. It has a draught of 18 meters, which can accommodate super cape-size vessels up to 1,80,000 dead weight tonnage(DWT).

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who inaugurated the port in the presence of union shipping secretary K Mohandas, said the opening of Dhamra port is an important milestone in Orissa's economic progress. "My father Biju babu had set up the Paradip port. The new port has come 50 years after Paradip. Had Biju babu been alive today, he would have been proud," said Patnaik.

Dhamra port is slated to have 13 berths when the second and final phase of construction gets over in 2014. The port, dogged by controversies handled its first vessel that offloaded around 22,000 tonne of imported coking coal for Tata Steel in September last year.

Since May this year, the port has handled 2.07 MT of imported cargo, mostly coking coal and limestone. It would export the first batch of iron ore in a couple of weeks.

Once the port achieves its full berth capacity, it would be able to handle more than 100 MT of cargo. It would have a separate container terminal, first in eastern India and an oil terminal. Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) officials said the 62 km-long single rail track from Dhamra to Bhadrak on the Howrah-Chennai line is one of the longest private electrified rail lines.

... contd.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.