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Record cargo handling achieved in FY24 at Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata

Friday, 05 Apr 2024
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Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMP Kolkata) including Kolkata Dock System (KDS) and Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), has achieved a milestone in the financial year 2023-24 by handling 66.4 million tonne (MT) of cargo. 

This is attributed to a series of strategic initiatives implemented by the port to enhance productivity, safety measures, business development, and overall capacity utilisation. complex handled 49.54 MMT in FY 2023-24, marking its highest cargo volume since inception and surpassing the previous record of 48.608 MMT in FY 2022-23, representing an increase of 1.91 percent. Meanwhile, KDS managed 16.856 MT of cargo in 2023-24, as compared to 17.052 MT in 2022-23.

To augment capacity of the port, SMP Kolkata is focusing on PPP projects, and includes concession awarded by SMPK for two PPP projects costing Rs 480 crore for Rejuvenation of KPD-I West (cost Rs 181.81 crore) and mechanisation of berth no. 2 at HDC (at 298.28 crore cost) which could lead to incremental capacity addition of 6.78 MT (approx.) Three more projects (Berth No 5 for HDC, mechanization of Berth no. 7 & 8 NSD and floating crane at Diamond Harbour at a cost of Rs 1,160 crore, incremental capacity of 4.5 MMT) are likely to reach award stage by 2024-25.

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