State asks Posco to prepare port report as per CWPRS

Bhubaneswar: The State government has asked Posco-India to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for its proposed captive port near Paradip Port as per the suggestions made by Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS).

"The state government will evaluate Posco-India`s port DPR and ensure that the suggestions made by CWPRS are properly implemented," Commerce and Transport Minister Sanjeev Kumar Sahoo told the assembly while replying a question.

Stating that a technical study was conducted by CWPRS, Pune, to assess the adverse impact of Posco-India`s proposed port on the existing major port at Paradip, the minister said the state government would throughly examine the company`s DPR while initiating process for clearances from different agencies and departments.

Paradip Port Trust (PPT) authorities, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and National Highways in 2006 had indicated that Posco-India`s proposed captive port at Jatadhar could affect the prospect of the existing port at Paradip.

"Thereafter, CWPRS was engaged to conduct a technical study on the matter relating to the possible impact," the minister said adding the Pune based organisation had already submitted its report suggesting certain steps to be taken by Posco-India before going ahead with its proposed captive port.

However, the minister made it clear that though the state government had signed MoU with Posco-India for setting up a 12mtpa mega greenfield steel unit at an investment of Rs 52,000 crore, no such pact had been made for the port project.

The state government had only accorded in-principle approval to Posco-India`s proposed captive port project, the minister said. This apart, Left parties had also opposed the South Korean steel major`s proposed captive port project at Jatadhar located in north of Paradip Port.