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The development of Haldia Dock Complex has a very interesting background. It would be pertinent to roll back in time and delve into the genesis of the complex. As popularly known, the strategic location of Kolkata and the state of West Bengal as an important sea trade channel has facilitated trade and commerce since the colonial era. It was to safeguard their trade interests and british colonial interests that the Kolkata Port Trust was developed and commissioned way back in 1870.Slowly, the interest passed from British India to our hands with the attainment of freedom from the rules of the British Raj.
One of the major ports in the Eastern region, the Calcutta Port was the sole handling port at that point of time. Continuous increase in the volume of trade and widespread development necessitated the setting up of a new Dock Complex. Hence, a suitable site was identified midway between the sea and the Kolkata Port with a view to improve the efficiency and volume of trade and handling capacity. It was in 1968 that work in Haldia Dock Complex was started and the Port was commissioned in 1977.
It was an ambitious and one of its kinds of project at that point of time. One of the major and first port projects in India that would provide cargo handling facilities at such a comprehensive level. Today, the Haldia Dock has led to the development and setting up of an entire industrial town which provides opportunities and employment directly or indirectly to hundreds and thousands of people.
Facts and Features of Haldia Dock Complex
It was commissioned in 1977, and is well connected by rail, road and waterways. It has a capacity handling of 38 million tones and there are plans to increase this to 50 million tonnes in next two years.
Haldia Dock is known for its efficient and economic service which ensures profitability for all parties involved. An ever increasing handling capacity and storage facility improves efficiency. The operations have been automated which results in faster turn around. It has 12 berths, 3 riverine oil jetties and two riverine barge jetties.
Concern towards Society and Environment:
Haldia Dock Complex runs its operations with great concern towards environment and community. Efforts are undertaken to encourage afforestation and all the necessary measures are taken to keep a check on pollution. Waste water treatment is carried out with utmost care at the Ballast Water Treatment Plant. The management understands the importance of keeping the environment safe.
Various projects are undertaken for upliftment and development of community and society. Investments are made on specific infrastructure requirements such as schools, hospitals , playground and shopping complexes.
Facilities at Haldia Dock Complex
The Haldia Dock Complex provides host of facilities. There are oil terminals which handle crude oil. In addition to this there are Mechanized Terminals that handle iron ore, thermal coal and coking coal. The container terminal handles bulk cargo which does not include Coking coal and other coal cargo. One of the additional facilities in Haldia Dock Complex is the variety of equipment support such as bulldozers and other locomotives which are provided free of cost.
A truly wonderful dock complex which has positioned Haldia in the development map of India, Haldia Dock Complex has emerged as an industrial friendly place contributing to the State’s and Country’s growth.
E-portal of Haldia Dock Complex: www.haldiadock.gov.in