IWAI is to construct the multimodal terminal at Haldia under Jal Marg Vikas Project.
Kolkata: The Inland Waterways Authority of India has received bids from six companies for the construction of the multimodal terminal at Haldia in Bengal that is a part of the National Waterway-1 on the river Ganga.
“We have received bids from Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T), Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, Simplex Infrastructure Ltd, Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, ITD Cementation India Ltd and Gammon India Ltd. for the construction of the multimodal terminal at Haldia. The evaluation process has been completed, following which we have sent the recommendations to the World Bank for the no-objection certificate,” said a top IWAI official.
IWAI vice-chairman Pravir Pandey said that the NOC was expected to come within a week and the tender would be awarded without wasting any time. IWAI is to construct the multimodal terminal at Haldia under Jal Marg Vikas Project. JMVP is being implemented with the technical and financial support of the World Bank at a cost of Rs. 4200 crore for augmenting navigation on Haldia-Varanasi segment of the National Waterway-1.
The ministry of shipping’s standing finance committee had approved an estimated cost of Rs.495 crore for this terminal. “We had held a series of consultations at Haldia with various industries, firms, shipping lines, cargo operators, shippers and manufacturers.and there has been a commitment for transport of 5.92 million tons of cargo volume per annum through the multimodal terminal at Haldia by the year 2018. The main items for which commitments have been received are fly-ash, edible oil, vegetable oil, gypsum, etc,” the official said.
Flyash is expected to be the major cargo with a commitment of 3.8 MT followed by vegetable oil (0.63 MT), cement (0.36 MT), among others. The multi-modal terrminal will come up on 61 acres that IWAI has taken on lease at Haldia Dock Complex from the Kolkata Port Trust.