DP World has entered a concession agreement with the Deendayal Port Authority to develop, operate and maintain a new 2.19 million TEU per annum mega-container terminal at Kandla in Gujarat on India’s western coast.
In January, the Deendayal Port Authority granted a concession to Hindustan Infralog Private Limited, a collaborative venture between DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, a government-supported investment platform in India. This concession, spanning 30 years under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) framework, comes with an option to extend for an additional 20 years.
The undertaking involves the development of a mega-container terminal at Tuna-Tekra, adjacent to the existing Deendayal Port, with an estimated investment of around US$510 million through a Public Private Partnership (PPP). Upon its completion in 2027, this terminal, boasting a capacity of 2.19 million TEUs annually, will be equipped with cutting-edge infrastructure and a 1,100-meter berth capable of accommodating advanced vessels carrying over 18,000 TEUs. Additionally, as part of this concession, the berth may be further expanded to a length of 1,375 meters.
The terminal will be seamlessly linked to the inland regions through an extensive network of roads, highways, railways, and Dedicated Freight Corridors, thus meeting the escalating demand for logistics solutions from Northern, Western, and Central India. This connectivity will enable businesses in these regions to access global markets.
DP World, presently operating five container terminals in India (two in Mumbai, and one each in Mundra, Cochin, and Chennai), with a combined capacity of roughly 6 million TEUs, will see its capacity increase to 8.19 million TEUs with the addition of Tuna Tekra.
This project is an integral component of the National Infrastructure Pipeline and aligns with the Government of India’s strategic initiatives, such as the PM Gati Shakti Master Plan and National Logistics Policy. Moreover