Odisha government approved a proposal for setting up a riverine port on river Mahanadi in Kendrapara district, Odisha. The port will developed on a public-private-partnership mode on build, own, operate, share and transfer (BOOST) basis.
- The proposal was approved at a meeting of the High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) that was held under the chairmanship of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
- The project will developed in Akhadasali village under Mahakalpada block in Kendrapara district.
- According to the proposal, the port will be established in 2 phases. In the first phase, 2 berths will be developed for transportation of 18.43 million tons cargo per annum for which expenditure is estimated to be Rs 2,110 crore.
- The requirement of land for the initial phase has been estimated as 175 hectare. This riverine port will be connected to National Highways-53 and Haridaspur-Paradip Railway Line for transportation of cargo.
- The capacity of transportation of cargo will raise from 18.43 million tons per annum to 45.88 million tons per annum. Also, an additional 125 hectare of land will be needed.
- After commission, the port will offer nearly 4,300 direct and indirect employment opportunities in the first phase, and around 10,700 in the second phase.