Citing losses, state BJP leader Chandan Mitra on Thursday said it is time for Kolkata and Haldia ports to go through their much-needed revamp.
“I have had a word with and he had immediately initiated the process. We have noticed that the Kolkata Port Trust, which was running at a profit until a few years ago, is now incurring losses. The revamp work will be done in collaboration with the Centre,” Mitra said, adding that he has spoken to Union Shipping and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari about it and has been assured that steps will be immediately taken in this regard.
Mitra also alleged that the transloading contract have been handed over to a handful of companies at a very low price without passing any tenders which is the norm. “Gadkari has ordered that no contract would be awarded without a proper tendering process,” he said.
The BJP leader also spoke highly of a strengthened Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, saying it will play a more active role in straightening things at the port area.
“There will be more dredging and more transloading, resulting in more income for the government.”
The day also saw nearly 100 Trinamool Congress supporters from South 24 Parganas and some ex-servicemen joining the state BJP.