Friday, October 7, 2016

New Wings for West Bengal's Sagar Seaport Project

Sagar port project got new boost with the announcement of 515 crore grant from Central Government. A special purpose vehicle - Bhor Sagar Port Limited (BSPL), where Kolkata Port Trust holds 74% equity and rest by Government of West Bengal - is formed to execute the project. IIT Madras is to prepare a detailed project report for shore protection, land reclamation and physical modelling as well. This work is currently under progress.

A road cum rail bridge is Muriganga river is proposed to connect Sagar Island with mainland. NHAL and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) already prepared a detailed project report for the same. Estimation is 1822 crores. 

Widening NH-117 to four-lane highway from Kakdwip up to rail-cum-road bridge to the Sagar Island.

Sagar port project might give a new momentum to business in Kolkata. With other sea ports in India's eastern sea board, Sagar might be able to move more container and other traffic off India's otherwise congested roads and polluted cities.   


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