MoEFCC grants ToR for Subarnarekha Port Project-Phase I

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) granted terms of reference (ToR) for the Subarnarekha Port project- phase I on November 2, 2023. The current environmental clearance (EC) and coastal regulation zones (CRZ) clearance obtained in 2012 will expire on March 20, 2024.
The phase I of the project involves construction of 34.6 km long navigational channel to cater to the requirements of 1,80,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) capesize vessels with tidal advantage, two rubble mound breakwaters; the eastern breakwater of 2,784 metre length and western breakwater of 3,296 metre length, four berths with an aggregate quay length of 1,060 metre and fully/semi mechanised bulk material handling system with backup stackyard area of 0.465 million square metre with a stacking capacity of 2.9 million tonnes (mt) of cargo.
The landside area of the port will be provided with various other facilities (including onshore buildings, main receiving substation, motor control centres, marine control centre, control rooms, drains, internal road, internal rail network with balloon loop, compound wall, fencing, amongst others).
The project involves construction of an all-weather, deep-water port (phase – I) adjacent to the mouth of Subarnarekha River by Subarnarekha Port Private Limited (SPPL) over an area of 750.963 hectares (ha) in Balasore district of Odisha. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 56.32 billion. The project has a concession period of 34 years including 4 years for construction, with an additional period of 20 years in two blocks of 10 years each.