A Detailed Project Report (DPR) is being set up for a street cum-rail span over the Muriganga River between Kakdwip in South 24-Parganas and Kochuberia on Sagar Island.
The extension, a pre-imperative for any port office on the island, will be worked by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) at an expense of almost Rs 2,800 crore. The extension, when finished, will prompt improvement – monetary and something else – for inhabitants of Sagar island – the biggest island in the Gangetic delta.
“It is a decent sign that the Center has given NHAI the thumbs up to develop the extension to Sagar Island from the territory. This will be a toll span. The DPR is presently being readied and the tendering procedure will begin not long after that,” said M T Krishna Babu, director, Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT).
Sagar Island is found about 150 km downstream of Kolkata. Presently, individuals wanting to visit to the island need to travel about 90 km by street to Harwood Point (Lot 8 Jetty) in Kakdwip and cross the Muriganga by ship. Vehicles are taken crosswise over in freight boats however the development of vessels is represented by tidal development.
Sagar has a populace of about 160,000. KoPT has additionally wanted to set up a port office in Sagar with the guide of West Bengal government. As the island has a draft of almost 9 meters, ships with bigger bundle loads (10,000 tons more than Haldia) would have the capacity to billet there.
“We have been requested that roll out specific improvements in our income model. KoPT had needed an income offer of 20% however we have been requested that cut this down. We might give another proposition soon,” Babu said.
The Government of India has understood the vital significance of Sagar and is quick to build up a port office there regardless of the possibility that it is not monetarily practical.
The island is to a great degree significant for the Navy as its boats can’t billet at any area south of Paradip. A working base for the Navy is important for better observation of the Bay of Bengal region.A source inside the Navy said that it additionally has arrangements to make a rocket battery at Sagar. Notwithstanding, a forward base or rocket battery may be conceivable if a scaffold is developed.