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Published on January 10th, 2017

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DCI set to win Kolkata dredging deal

State-run Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) is set to win a five-year contract estimated at Rs 1,119 crore from Kolkata Port Trust for maintenance dredging in the shipping channel leading to Haldia Dock Complex in the Hooghly Estuary. The work will start from January 2017. DCI has been carrying out maintenance dredging works for Kolkata Port Trust for the past thirty years on nomination basis. As per the new dredging policy of the union government, KoPT has called for global competitive tenders for maintenance dredging in the shipping channel in which DCI had emerged the successful lowest bidder. Seven Indian and foreign parties participated in the pre-bid meeting for the tender and only two parties participated in the tender including DCI. DCI is the only party who has been technically qualified for the tender and price bid of the DCI was opened by the port. Earlier, DCI used to dredge about 20 million cubic metres per year by deploying six dredgers at Jellingham and Auckland Bars. Under the new contract, the quantum of dredging has been reduced to about 8 million cubic metres per year consequent to the opening-up of Eden channel and DCI will execute the contract by deploying three dredgers. With this, DCI which is the only PSU in the dredging field in India securing all major contracts through open competitive bidding process, a company statement said.

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