Bhubaneswar, March 8 (IANS) The Dhamra Port in Odisha Friday said it has reached a milestone handling 10 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo in the 2012-13 fiscal against over five million tonnes handled during the previous year.
"The milestone was reached on March 5," a senior port official told IANS.
There has been over 60 percent increase in total imports of coal and limestone and projected total handling of the port for the current fiscal was 11.2 million tonnes, he said.
The port in the coastal district of Bhadrak, about 170 km from here, is a 50:50 joint-venture between Larsen and Toubro and Tata Steel. It commenced commercial operations May 6, 2011.
The port has crossed eight million tonnes of imports in current fiscal year -- the highest by any Indian port in only the second year of its operations.
The projected target for the port in the fiscal year 2013-14 has been set for 18 million tonnes, he said.