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Transport | September 2013

Phase I of Sagar seaport to start from 2017

The construction work on Rs 8,000 crore Sagar Island seaport in West Bengal would begin in two years and the first phase operations would commence from 2017, according to RPS Kahlon, Chairman, Kolkata port, and in charge Chairman of Visakhapatnam port. Once the port commence operations, cargo handling at the existing Kolkata port would be stopped and the place could be used as anchoring for barges, he said. Sagar Island port would have a 13-14 m draft to accommodate up to 60 DWT capacity capsize vessels. In the first phase, eight berths would come up and the handling capacity would be at 40-50 mt. Another eight berths would be set up in the second phase, he added. As part of this project, road and rail connectivity would be provided from island to shore over Muri Ganga. This project would be funded by private-public partnership.

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