NECL – Astaranga Multi-User Port – Odisha - Project Profile
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Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd (NECL), a flagship entity of the Navayuga Group, is planning to build a port in Astaranga, Odisha, India.
The project involves the construction of a multi-user port on 2,265ha of land, with 675ha of government land and 1590ha of private land.
It includes the construction of a multi-lane 70km road connecting NH-5, storage units, administrative facilities, loading and unloading facilities and related facilities, the laying of a 75km railway line, and the dredging of 23.5 million cubic meters of land.
Set to be developed in three phases, the first phase of the project is designed to handle cargo up to 25MTPA, with the subsequent phases the scaling up to 75MTPA.
Proposed as an 18-berth facility, the port will have an approach channel length of 30km, width of 225m and a depth of 20.2m.
On November 22, 2010, NECL entered into a 30-year concession agreement with the Government of Odisha (GoO) for the development of the port on a build, own, operate, share and transfer (BOOST) basis.
Grafix Engineering Consultants Pvt Ltd (Grafix) has been appointed as study consultant.
In January 2011, NECL announced its intent to finalize a detailed project report (DPR) by the fourth quarter of 2011.
In April 2011, Transparency International India (TII), the accredited India chapter of Transparency International, an international civil society organization based in Berlin, revealed that the concession agreement signed with NECL was undertaken without going through an open bidding process.
GoO in October 2012, ordered NECL to expedite the land acquisition process, which has been subjected to delays due to opposition by locals, lack of environment clearance and non-compliance of land acquisition norms.
However, in December 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s (CAG) performance audit of port projects in Odisha, revealed major irregularities in the overall implementation of the project under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
In July 2013, the Government of India (GoI) approved the constitution of an inter-ministerial group to clear the project on a priority basis.
In January 2014, GoO asked NECL to submit detailed work plans with milestones and timelines and the related forest clearance proposal. Subsequently, the project faced widespread protest from the local communities.
On April 21 and 22, 2014, the Expert Appraisal Committee for Projects (EAC) reviewed development plans.
In February 2017, NECL halted the land acquisition process due to protest from the local residents, however, the process was revived again in April 2017.
The project involves the construction of a multi-user port on 1,578ha of land at Astaranga, India.
The US$1,243 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of a multi-lane 70km road
2. Construction of storage units
3. Construction of an administrative space
4. Construction of loading and unloading facilities
5. Laying of a 75km railway line
6. Dredging of 23.5 million m3 of earth
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