New Delhi, 07.10.2015: Minister of State(IC) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan thanked Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for the approval to the project of Mechanisation of East Quay (EQ) Berths-1, 2 and 3 at Paradip Port on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for handling thermal coal exports.The estimated cost of the project is Rs.1437.76 crore of which Rs. 1412.76 crore will be spent by the concessionaire. The remaining Rs.25 crore will be spent by the Paradip Port Trust on dredging.The project envisages mechanization of EQ 1, 2 and 3 Berths to increase their capacity from the existing 7.85 million tonnes to 30 million tonnes. The project is scheduled to be completed within three years from the date of award of concession. After completion of the project, the total thermal coal export handling capacity at Paradip Port will reach 50 million tonnes. This will help the port to meet the growing demand of thermal coal over the next three to four years. Shri Pradhan said that the project will improve the operational efficiency in Paradip Port and thereby reduce transaction cost for thermal power plants dependent on coal supply through Paradip Port. The project will also create additional employment opportunities for the youth of Odisha. This will help development of Paradip region as a major hub for economic and industrial growth.