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Adani Group among 3 players in race for Bhavanapadu Port project in AP

Date 30-May-2016
Subject Adani Group among 3 players in race for Bhavanapadu Port project in AP

HYDERABAD: Adani Group may end its long wait for a port facility in the north coastal region of Andhra Pradesh if it emerges successful in a competitive bid next month. The State Government has set June 30, 2016 as deadline for submitting bids for the selection of developer for the green-field Bhavanapadu Port project in Srikakulam district.

In December, 2015 the Government had short-listed three firms to bid for the project.

Along with Adani, the home-grown port operators — Gangavarm Port Limited and Navayuga of CVR group which runs the Krishnapatnam Port — are the chosen trio, all with a strong back-ground in running the port operations. The spokesperson of one of the short-listed companies confirmed that they would be very much in the fray.

The process for selection of developer for Bhavanapadu Port was to be delayed after the Government faced a stiff resistance against land acquisition from local people.

Consequently the Government authorities had to scale down the extent of land proposed for acquisition by almost 50% to 2,500 acres from 4,700 acres, which was originally envisaged. The land was also meant for the port-based industrial activity.

“The proposed waterfront will remain the same. We have reduced the extent of acquisition in other land parcels as we had to avoid the villages from the whole process,” Ajai Jain, Secretary, Infrastructure and Investment Department of AP Government said recently.

Despite these hiccups the project has generated considerable interest among the prospective bidders owing to its strategic location. Situated in the AP’s northern most coastal district of Srikakulam, the proposed port can serve the hinterlands of Odisha and Chattishgarh besides catering to the immediate catchment beyond the port city of Visakhapatnam, particularly for bulk cargo like coal.

To be developed on a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBOFT)-basis, this green-filed Non-Major Port will be awarded to whoever offers the highest revenue share to the Government.

The project is expected to cost around Rs 3,000 crore in the first phase, which comprises of five berths among other infrastructure. It has to be completed in three years from the date of award of the project, according to the Government.

Adani Group wanted to invest in AP since last 7-8 years when it had approached the State Government with a proposal to develop a port as well as a port-based industrial park in an extent of over 10,000 acres in the same region. Adanis have revived their plans after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Government had chosen to develop Bhavanapadu Port under the public private mode soon after it came to power two years ago. The location makes sense for Adani group as the port can serve the hinterlands of the mineral rich Odisha and Chattishgarh where it already have mining and logistic operations. Adani Group has a strong port-based logistic operations located both on the Western and the Eastern seacoasts of the Country.

Source: - Dailyshippingtimes.com

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