Phase I of Dhamra port by July

Dhamra Port Company (DPCL) is likely to commission the Phase I of the Rs 2,400-crore Dhamra Port in Orissa by July 2010.

DPCL, a 50:50 JV of Tata Steel and L&T began the port project work in April 2007. The port is being developed in phased manner.

In the Phase I, DPCL is likely to install two fully mechanised berths of 350 mtrs each with a capacity to handle 27 million tpa along with a backup facility to undertake imports of coking coal, steam coal, limestone and export of iron ore.

The company plans to set up 13 berths with a capacity to handle more than 100 million tpa of dry and liquid bulk cargoes including containers in the 18-km-long sea shore. The berths are designed for draught of 18 mtrs capable of handling cape size vessels up to 1,80,000 DWT (dead weight tonnage).

Further, Tata Steel plans to build a 62-km rail track between Dhamra and Bhadrak on the main Howrah-Chennai line.