Adani Ports on Thursday acquired 97 per cent stake in Marine Infrastructure Developer Pvt Ltd (MIDPL), the developer and operator of Kattupalli Port near Chennai.
Adani Ports, India’s largest port developer and part of the Adani Group, said in a statement that it executed share purchase agreement with Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and MIDPL to acquire the stake.
Located 30 km towards north of Chennai, the Kattupalli Port is one of the most modern ports in the country which provides connectivity with the hinterland of north Tamil Nadu, Chennai, the Bengaluru region and south Andhra Pradesh.
Karan Adani, CEO of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, said the Tamil Nadu government and the Commerce Ministry gave approvals for the acquisition in record time and his firm was committed to make Kattupalli port one of the largest ports in southern India.
“We are going to start our construction to diversify the cargo of the port and will be adding 40 MMT (million metric ton) of new capacity in next three years,” he said.
The company said in a statement that it plans to transform the port into a multi commodity port to handle cargo like containers, automobiles, break bulk, general cargo, liquid cargo and project cargo.