Govt clears JN Port channel widening project
The cabinet committee on infrastructure has approved the project of deepening and widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Channel (Phase-I) of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at an estimated cost of Rs1571.60 crore. This will be done with a direct dredging cost of Rs1398.97 crore, Rs42.07 crore towards other related items like idle time charges of dredgers, navigational aids, administrative expenditure and preliminary expenses of executing agency, modification of Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) and provision of Environmental Management Plan (EMP), contingency of Rs12.68 crore @ 1% and Interest During Construction (IDC) of Rs117.88 crore.
The Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel will be deepened and widened to handle vessels upto capacity of 6000 Twenty-feet Equivalent units (TEUs) and upto draught of 14 meters by using the tidal window. The channel length will be increased from existing 29 km to 33.54 km to meet the natural water depth of 14 meters at sea. Further, the width of the channel will also be increased so as to maintain a minimum width of 370 meters from the present dimension of 325 meters in the straight reach. Completion period of the work is 25 months including mobilization period after awarding of work.