Kolkata Port Trust

Kolkata Port Trust

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Kolkata Port (KoPT) had achieved a turnaround from having made a loss of Rs 7.5 crores (cr) in the year 2000‒01 to a net surplus of Rs 465.1 cr in the year 2006‒07. A variety of initiatives had been taken during the intervening years with a focus on tariff rationalization, revenues from alternate sources, infrastructure development and productivity improvements. While these had yielded results, there was a fundamental issue of operational complexity and inability to compete due to the locational disadvantage. KoPT was a riverine port with two dock complexes, 115 kms and 232 kms at Haldia and Kolkata respectively, upstream on the Hooghly, with draft limitations.

Two significant studies having implications for future strategies of KoPT had been submitted in March and November 2007. The ...

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