Kolkata: Port authorities at Haldia and
Kolkata have taken up dredging operations at the Haldia dock
complex on a war-footing in view of an imminent crisis due to
Six dredgers of the Dredging Corporation of India
were carrying out desilting operations in Haldia, while
another would arrive tonight from Paradip, a KoPT spokesman
Stating that the port was functioning normally, he
denied a media report that the HDC had to be shut down
yesterday due to accumulated silt in the channel.
He said the draught had dropped by only .3 metre
yesterday which did not stop ship movement in the channel.
"This is natural during the monsoon. There was no
shutdown of the HDC as reported in a section of the press and
the situation is normal."
The spokesman said four ships entered the HDC during
the day and seven ships sailed out.
Two more dredgers would be brought here from the dry
docks in Colombo and Vizag in the first week of October, he
Meanwhile, 32 ships were waiting at the Sandheads for