MUMBAI: The long-pending dredging work that blocked the start of Gammon Infrastructure Projects’ offshore container terminal at Mumbai Port Trust and caused endless disputes, will finally start after a delay of more than six years, two people familiar with the matter said.
International Seaport Dredging turned out to be the lowest bidder with quote of 268 crore when the bids were opened last week. Other contractors bidding for the project wereDharti Dredging and Van Oord.
“The winning bid will be officially awarded the project in another 15-20 days. There are some administrative approvals pending,” said a senior official with Mumbai Port familiar with the matter, who declined to be named. Indira Container Terminal, a joint venture between Gammon and Dragados of Spain, was awarded in 2007 and was to be commissioned by 2010. It is a PPP on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.
However, the necessary dredging work to increase the depth of the channel to enable entry of bigger vessels was not completed on time with the previous dredging contractor Jaisu Shipping in charge of deepening the channel going belly up. The project comprises 700 metres quay length in the first phase, which can be extended to 1,050 metres.subsequently in the Mumbai harbour. The cost of the project has escalated from the initial Rs 1,012 crore to about Rs 1,800 crore today.