Berhampur: Feb 28 (Localwire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will on Thursday launch an upgraded facility of the Gopalpur Port Limited (GPL), some 30 km from here, to boost its cargo handling capacity to 55 million tones in the next six years, a company official said.
The facility has been upgraded at a cost of Rs 3000 crore by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group.
The port’s berth length has been increased from 225 meter to 800 meter, depth from 12.5 mt to 15 mt and the stock yard increased to 66,000 sq. mt.
Three harbour mobile cranes have also been installed to enhance loading and unloading capacity.
GPL aims to enhance its cargo handling capacity to 55 million tones by 2025, the company said in a press release on Wednesday. The upgraded port will create around 6,500 new jobs, it said.
The Gopalpur port, strategically located between Paradip and Visakhapatnam ports, can simultaneously handle multiple vessels and diverse cargo. It is also connected to a rail network and national highway.
The port first commenced its commercial operation in March 2013. However, it was forced to shut down later that year after the cyclonic storm Phailin caused extensive damage to the facility.
It recommenced its operation in October 2015.
The Shapoorji Pallonji Group had taken over of its management in 2017.