Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, inaugurated and laid foundation stones for projects worth Rs. 270 crores at Deendayal Port in Kandla, Gujarat. In the presence of Shantanu Thakur, MoS, MoPSW, Shripad Naik, MoS, MoPSW, and other senior dignitaries, the Minister inaugurated Oil Jetty No. 7 at Deendayal Port, Kandla.
The jetty will increase the liquid handling capacity of primarily edible oil by 2.00 MMTPA, meet future requirements, and reduce vessel turnaround time. This T-shaped jetty is 110 m long and 12.40 m wide, with a capacity of 65,000 DWT and a depth of 14 m. During the construction phase, the project provided indirect employment for over 1000 people and direct employment for over 250 people.
Sonowal also laid the foundation stone for three projects: the development of a backup area from oil jetty 8 to 11, worth Rs. 98.41 crores; the development of a four-lane road from LC236B to CJ-16, worth Rs. 67 crores; and the construction of a dome-shaped storage shed at the cargo jetty, worth Rs. 39.66 crores.
On this occasion, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “These projects will enhance port infrastructure along with boosting its logistics performance as well as the overall economic growth of its entire hinterland. They will also improve the port’s cargo handling capacity as well as the turnaround time of the ships and the cargo evacuation time. Deendayal Port is the country’s number one port in terms of cargo handling, and through these projects, its capacity will be increased, which will benefit the entire region,” he said.