Naveen demands rollback of extension of Kolkata Port

Terming as wrong and incorrect the move to extend the limits of Kolkata Port, Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik demanded its rollback as it would engulf vast areas in the state and affect the upcoming port at Dhamra.

Updated: Feb 01, 2011, 00:09 AM IST

Bhubaneswar: Terming as wrong and incorrect the move to extend the limits of Kolkata Port, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday demanded its rollback as it would engulf vast areas in the state and affect the upcoming port at Dhamra.

"It has been wrongly and incorrectly decided to extend the limits of Kolkata Port right up to the boundary of Dhamra Port," Patnaik told reporters here.
"This is not justifiable in the interest of Orissa," he said adding he would meet Shipping Minister G K Vasan in Delhi on February 2 to seek rollback of the decision to expand Kolkata port`s limit.
"We have already lodged a complaint with the Centre against extension of Kolkata port," Chief Secretary B K Patnaik said adding if necessary the state government would challenge the move in the court.

Describing the extension as "illegal and unilateral", a senior official said a letter has already been sent to the Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways seeking a rollback of the move.

Extension of limits of Kolkata port 200 km south of Haldia into the Bay would block the entire coast of north Orissa where around half-a-dozen new ports are being developed, he said adding Dhamra port is almost complete.

The entire deep sea alongside north Orissa coast would now fall under the limit of Kolkata port which would jeopardise the maritime activities of Orissa, the letter said.

PTI