Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has taken a step towards the renovation of Bhavnagar port. And a hydrographic survey of 4 ports including Bhavnagar will be conducted soon.
GMB has decided to conduct hydrographic surveys at Bhavnagar, Bedi, Navlakhi and Mandvi ports. Work in this direction will also begin in the coming days.
The Bhavnagar port handles an average of 3 million tonnes of cargo per year, and the major contributor is coal cargo.
The hydrographic survey will be conducted by GMB in four phases. The baseline, inner channel and outer channel of Bhavnagar port will be surveyed in the bathymetric survey. Geophysical survey of 3690 m, 460 m area of the outer channel will be done.
How much current is in the sea of Bhavnagar, how much the tide is rising and falling, how deep the seafloor is, including the increase, and decrease of tidal current will be included in the hydrographic survey?
Besides, a survey will also be conducted for dredging of Bhavnagar port basin, outer channel. Currently, the basin has accumulated huge amounts of silt, and dredging is not being done properly so the problem is getting worse. On the other hand, new customers are being attracted to bring coal to Bhavnagar port.
The outer channel of Bhavnagar port is also filling up after the monsoon, and silt has accumulated. In addition, some parts of the concrete jetty have been demolished.
Earlier, GMB vice-chairman Avantika Singh visited the Bhavnagar port and expressed his displeasure over the dilapidated condition. Since then, continuous follow-up has been taken by them to improve the condition of Bhavnagar port. And GMB is working towards building facilities from the ground up.
The road from Axel Industries to the Newport is in a dilapidated condition. 3 million tons of cargo arrives at Bhavnagar port every year, so many trucks also pass through. This road needs to be repaired periodically, but due to neglect by the system, this road is like a camel ride for current traffic.