Paradip Port fears JSW's captive port plan will impact its cargo biz

Paradip Port, the second largest major port in the country after Kandla in terms of cargo volume, fears its operation may be affected by the proposed captive port of JSW group in its vicinity."Any port in our vicinity will affect our operation", said a top official of Paradip Port Trust (PPT).JSW group plans to build a captive port facility at Paradip to cater to the needs of its proposed 10 million tonne steel plant in the area."We have not been asked for our view by the government. We will certainly oppose the setting up of the port in our neighbourhood if asked to give our views", said the PPT official.To emphasise the impact of JSW's proposed port on Paradip port, he said, the cargo handling at Visakhapatnam port has been severely affected following the establishment of Gangavaram port close by.Though unlike Gangavaram, JSW's proposed port will be only meant for captive use, he said, still it would knock off 20 million tonne from Paradip port's cargo projection. Paradip port ...

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