Bhubaneswar: Four port developers have showed interest in setting up a 18.43 million tonne per annum(mtpa) cargo handling capacity riverine port in Mahakalpada block of Kendraprada district with an investment of Rs 2110 crore. The port developers have qualified to participate in the next round of bidding RFP( Request for Proposal)

The High-level Clearance Authority (HLCA) chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday accorded its approval to go ahead with the RPF as four port developers have qualified in the RFQ (Request for Qaulification) round. The HLCA also approved the Draft RFP, Draft Concession Agreement and Draft Land Lease Agreement.

The port will be developed in two phases. The first phase the port will have the capaity to handle 18.43 mtpa with an investment of Rs 2110 crore. The land required for the first phase port development is 175 hectares. In the second phase the port capacity would be enhanced to 45.88 mtpa and the land requirement is an additional 125 hectares.  The port will be connected to the National Highway No 5( now NH 53) and will be served by the Haridaspur-Paradip railwayline now under construction. On the completion of the first phase, the direct  and indirect employment in the port activities will be 4300 person and after second phase completion the total direct and indirect employment will be 10,700 persons.