statesman news service
KOLKATA, 7 JUNE:  The stalemate between Odisha and Bengal governments over transloading at Kanika Sands could be resolved soon with Mr RPS Kahlon, chairman, KoPT, saying that a solution is likely to be worked out at a meeting on 14 June. "A high-level meeting will be held on 14 June in Delhi. It will be attended by the ministry of shipping, Government of Odisha, Government of West Bengal, and representatives from KoPT, Dhamra Port, Paradip Port and upcoming Subarnarekha Port," Mr Kahlon said at a seminar organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry on "Importance of Waterways for Economic Development".
An affidavit will have to be filed by KoPT before the Supreme Court in July, based on the solution arrived at the meeting, he added. Modifications sought by the Odisha government in the formula recommended by the Union Shipping Ministry for settlement, will be discussed in the meeting.
A Rs 50 crore upgradation work for the Farraka barrage by the Inland Waterways Authority will boost transloading, which will ease barge movement from Haldia to Farraka and then to Barh in Bihar.
Inland Waterways Authority of India chairperson, Mr V Trivedi, said a contract for three million tonnes of coal for NTPC from Haldia to Farraka has been allotted and operations may be commissioned within the next two months.