The city of Mumbai consumes approximately 1.25 million tonnes (mt) of cement per annum to meet its developmental needs. Currently, this cement is moved by road/rail through neighbouring states, necessitating the entry and exit of nearly 350 trucks per day, congesting the already overstrained city roads.
In its bid to decongest the city roads without affecting the requirement of cement, Mumbai Port, which has had a 141-year symbiotic relationship with Mumbai city, in its Board meeting on March 27, 2015, resolved to lease 2.5 hectares of its land at Petroleum Godown to Ultratech Cement Ltd for 30 years on ‘as is where is basis’, informed the Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, Mr Ravi M. Parmar. This land will be used to build a fully automated cement handling terminal devoid of air pollution, which generally results from the handling and transportation of loose cement.
Once ready in 18 months, the terminal will facilitate the movement of cement required for the city’s consumption through the coastal route. The estimated cost of developing this facility, duly equipped with portable unloaders, silos of 30,000 tonnes capacity, bagging plant and other ancillary facilities, is about Rs 100 crore, according to a release.
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