Essar Bulk Terminal Ltd (EBTL), part of the Essar Ports group, has completed work on a new passenger ferry terminal at Hazira port in Surat, India. The inaugural service using the facility will connect Hazira with Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.
The Hazira terminal is expected to lead to the commencement of additional ferry services on other routes in the future, significantly expanding the coastal transportation option in India, and thereby reducing road congestion, fuel consumption and air pollution.
The Hazira Passenger Ferry Terminal is the third terminal of its kind to be built by an Essar company. According to Rajiv Agarwal, managing director and chief executive of Essar Ports, “Although we are a commercial port operator, we were keen to build this passenger terminal project in the spirit of giving back to the larger community. We look forward to contributing to similar projects that will help unleash the tremendous potential of coastal transport in India by using the country’s extensive network of inland waterways.”
EBTL was responsible for designing and constructing the new facility, including the landing platform, passenger walkway and floating pontoon, as well as shore-based facilities, such as the terminal building, cafeteria and vehicle parking area. The project was completed in record time, using Essar’s in-house expertise and resources. Essar’s own dredgers were used, for instance, to ensure the draft required for operating the terminal was achieved.