Kolkata Port Trust to get four more dredgers

October 18th, 2008 - 12:23 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Oct 17 (IANS) The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) will get four additional dredgers for clearing the channels at Haldia port where siltation is causing severe problems for cargo movements, a top bureaucrat said here Friday.”Two high capacity dredgers are expected to arrive this month. Another two are expected to arrive in the next one and a half month. Currently three dredgers are operating in the area,” Secretary for Shipping A.P.V.N. Sharma announced at the 138th year celebration of the KoPT, the country’s second-largest handler of cargo, in Kolkata.

“I have assured the chief secretary of West Bengal that all measures will be taken to solve the problem that is faced by the Haldia port,” said Sharma, who met the state’s chief secretary Amit Kiran Deb earlier in the day.

The two dredgers that are expected to arrive within a month and a half will be charted by Transchart, the Central government’s ship chartering division.

The Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) is also likely to receive a dredger soon for which it had placed order nearly three years back.

Earlier, the Kolkata port - under which the Haldia docks falls - had sent emergency requests to the DCI and the shipping ministry to arrange for more dredgers.

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