Green Signal For Tata Port

Hurdle for establishment of the proposed Subarnarekha Port, seems to be eased with Centre Green Signaling the ambitious Port Project in Northern Odisha.

Earlier Air Force authorities were not providing requisite clearances for setting up of the Port.  Official sources say that Air Force Authorities have claimed to have their “Practice Limit Zone”, which falls under the Subarnarekha Port Limit.

As the proposed Port area is falling in the Indian Air Force (IAF) notified Air to Air Range area No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Air Force was needed.
Union Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra held a high level meeting with the Chief Secretary Odisha A P Padhi recently at New Delhi and favored the setting up of the Port proposed on the Mouth of River Subarnarekha. Vice Chief of Air Staff (VCAS) of IAF was also present in the meeting, said sources.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport Sanjay Rastogi and Special Secretary Commerce & Transport Manoj Kumar Mishra was also present in the meeting.
While senior officials of Defence Ministry and Air Force authorities were present in the meeting, Mr.Padhi urged to have a holistic view on the Project and find out a possible solution so that all activities like air Force Practice and Port Activities can co-exist.
Union Secretary Mr.Mitra agreed over the proposal and urged Air Force authorities to explore possible solution for development of Port in North Odisha coexist with IAF activities.
Sources said Air Force authorities have also agreed to the proposal and hurdle has been eased paving the way for starting construction of the Port.
Soon IAF authorities will be notifying the State Government in this regard, sources said.
Creative Port Development Private Limited (CPDPL) is setting up the Port and recently, Tata Steel has executed the Share Purchase Agreement to acquire 51 Percent stake of CPDPL.

CPDPL on 11 January, 2008 had signed a Concession Agreement (CA) with the Government of Odisha to develop the Subarnarekha Port.

Tata Steel has also executed a Shareholder Agreement with CPDPL and its promoters for development of Subarnarekha Port through SPV, Subarnarekha Port Private Limited (SPPL), and the shareholders agreement will take effect on closing of the share purchase agreement, said sources.

While Tata Steel is making this move to optimize in-bound and out-bound supply chain for its steel plants, opposition from the Air Force authorities is turning as a stumbling block  on setting up the Rs.2,345 Crore Port Project. This cost will go up as the new promoter will prepare a fresh Detailed Project Report (DPR), sources said.

It was proposed to have at least 12 Berths in this Port in several phases and the earlier promoter was making endeavor in this direction with an initial capacity of 10 Million Ton Per annum (MTPA), which was to be scaled up to 40 MTPA in 10 years.

Not only Subarnarekha Port Limit falls under the Air Force Practice Limit, but also another proposed Port at Chudamani reportedly also comes under the same zone, officials say.

In the meantime, the Environment Clearance (EC) and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Clearances for the Port has already been obtained from the Ministry of Environment & Forest.

While the Subarnarekha Port needs 960 acres at least 692 acres has already been acquired to develop the Port.

The Port envisaged providing direct and indirect employment to over 3000 persons, said sources. 

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