Published On:December 2 2020
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IWAI eases tender terms for privatising 3 river terminals NW1.

The Inland Waterways Authority of India has eased tender terms for privatising the multi-modal cargo terminals at Varanasi, Haldia and Sahibganj on National Waterway 1.

The three multi-modal terminals were built by the waterways development agency on the 1,390-km along river Ganga with World Bank funding.

Sahibganj terminal

In November, IWAI issued a global tender seeking bids to privatise the Sahibganj multi modal terminal in Jharkhand for a 30-year concession to operate, manage and develop the terminal.

The multi modal terminal built by IWAI with an investment of ₹280 crore. IWAI plans to invest ₹148 crore to provide rail connectivity to the terminal.

The private operator will be mandated to triple the terminal capacity to 9.5 million tonnes with an investment of ₹376 crore. It will also undertake operation and management of the proposed Ro-Ro terminal at Sahibganj.

EOT models

The multi modal terminals at Varanasi located in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency, and at Haldia are being privatised on the Equip, Operate and Transfer (EOT) basis as there is no scope for expansion of these terminals requiring capital investments.

This is the second attempt by IWAI to privatise the Varanasi terminal after an earlier plan to bid it out on the OMD model failed to attract bidders. The global tenders for both were issued in May but have been extended several times due to lack of bidder interest.

Varanasi terminal

The Varanasi terminal was built by IWAI with an investment of ₹200 crore and the agency plans to invest a further ₹85 crore on rail connectivity.

The private operator will be tasked with operating, managing and maintaining the terminal infrastructure and the proposed passenger pontoon jetty as well as equip terminal infrastructure for augmenting capacity to 1.26 mt with an investment of ₹22.5 crore.

The Varanasi contract will have a tenure of 10 years which can be extended by two years (earlier ten plus five years).

Haldia

The terminal at Haldia was built by IWAI with an investment of ₹452.2 crore with another ₹19 crore being spent on rail connectivity.The private operator will be mandated to operate, manage and maintain the terminal infrastructure and to equip the terminal infrastructure for augmenting capacity to 3.07 mt with an investment of ₹47.5 crore.

The Haldia contract will have a concession period of 10 years which can be extended by five years (earlier 15-plus 5 years).

The contracts will be awarded to the entity quoting the highest royalty per metric ton of riverine cargo handled at each of these terminals to IWAI. Additionally, for non-riverine cargo handled at the terminals, the private operator will have to pay royalty calculated on the royalty quoted for riverine cargo plus a premium of 20 per cent.

The IWAI has set cargo and vessel related charges at these terminals.

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