Dhamra Port in Orissa is likely to be delayed and the scheduled commissioning in April 2010 is now expected in September/October 2010.
According to sources, the cost of the project is also likely to overrun the estimated Rs 2,560 crore by a couple of hundred crores. The expected delay is mainly on account of the delay in the completion of work related to rail connectivity adding that the port facilities will be in place before April.
The essence of trans loading operation is large vessels with full load will call at Dhamra and discharge the cargo in smaller vessels which will then make for Haldia which cannot handle large vessels due to poor navigability of the Hooghly River or other ports, for a second round of discharge. For customers, this will involve multiple handling and therefore, additional costs.
Dhamra port is being promoted by the Dhamra Port Company, a 50:50 JV between TATA Steel and Larsen & Toubro.