Bhubaneswar, Nov 21 – The state government will soon come out with Odisha Maritime Perspective Plan (OMPP) and Odisha Port Capacity Augmentation Plan (OPCAP) as part of its newly formulated Port Policy 2022 for development of ports and improvement in cargo handling capacity. Will do
Both the OMPP and the OPCAP will be prepared after studying the marine ecosystem, including the capacity of the port, hinterland, cargo evacuation, port connectivity, environmental enhancement and development of coastal communities.
Odisha handles around 160 MTPA of cargo in 2021-22, with the major port of Paradip handling the lion’s share at 116 MTPA. While the focus is on setting up new ports to meet the growing volume of cargo, equal importance will be given to augment the cargo handling capacities of existing and proposed ports.
The Department of Commerce and Transport notified the new port policy on Saturday, a day after the approval of the state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The state government has already identified 14 potential sites for development of non-major ports, of which Dhamra and Gopalpur are already operational. The new policy will facilitate private developers for development of such non-major ports.
The department’s principal secretary Bishnupada Sethi said proposals for new ports classified as ‘greenfield projects’ by upgrading existing jetties and other infrastructure at the port would be encouraged along with ‘brownfield projects’.
As per the policy, Build, Own, Operate, Share, Transfer (BOOST) model will be adopted for greenfield port development and Rehabilitate, Operate and Transfer (ROT) structure will be used for brownfield development of fisheries jetty, passenger jetty or others. Will go Cargo jetty/port.
The Odisha Maritime Board (OMB) notified last year that it would facilitate and assist the promoter/developer in acquisition of land. The OMB envisages developing marinas and multi-purpose ports under PPP mode along the coast to promote tourism and other ancillary sectors.
It will coordinate with the Department of Tourism to prepare a Coastal Tourism Master Plan to identify possible sustainable interventions in various coastal areas to promote tourism.
“Port developers will be responsible for the overall development of the economic corridors, which will include roadways, railways and pipeline infrastructure. The policy will promote a hub and spoke model to handle the movement of coastal cargo in the state,” Sethi said.
New port policy to increase cargo handling in Odisha
Story first published: Monday, November 21, 2022, 20:03 [IST]