The Calcutta Port Trust´s latest attempt to find an operator to run two controversy-ridden berths at Haldia has run aground once again. In November 2012, Haldia Bulk Terminal, a JV between LDA of France and ABG of Mumbai, stormed out after a blazing row with the port authorities and the local administration over their failure to provide protection to its employees who were targeted by mobs who had the tacit support of their rivals. Last month, EC Bose & Co was selected as the lowest eligible bidder by the port´s tender committee to operate the two berths. But just when it looked that normal operations will begin at the two berths, Calcutta High Court stepped in and ordered a fresh round of price bids.
Contact: Kolkata Port Trust.