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ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC)
    
“The multimodal, multi-nation approach involving coastal shipping and inland waterways to move the heaviest ever cargo to Tripura has significantly widened the North East region's logistical bandwidth thus setting a precedent for years to come.” - Ashish Agarwal, MD, ABCIL
  
ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) is setting up a 726MW gas based thermal power plant at Palatana in Tripura. The EPC contractor for the above is BHEL, the infrastructure logistics provider was ABC India Ltd. The manufacturing units came from Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Hyderabad in India and from General Electric in Texas, USA
 
Complications
Transportation of huge machines weighing upto 300MT and with odd dimensions through the hilly terrain of NE India was challenging. Poor road infrastructure in Assam, narrow winding hilly roads, several bridges enroute incapable of supporting such heavy weights practically ruled out the possibility of a single mode of road transport.

Air Transport was ruled out as the heaviest package of the cargoes weighing 300MT was more than double of the amount of the largest commercial heavy lift aircraft capacity.
Solutions
ABC India developed a multimodal, mutlinational logistics solution that was planned and executed over the span of seven years (2004-11). The integrated effort involved the following key developments spearheaded by the concerned agencies with support from the Governments of India and Bangladesh

An amendment was made to the Inland Water Transit and Trade (IWTT) protocol between the two countries to include Ashuganj port in Bangladesh as a “Port of Call” from which Indian cargoes can transit by road to Agartala in India.

Close follow up and coordination was ensured with various Bangladesh Government Agencies such as Immigration, Customs, Roads and Highways, Communications, Border Security Forces and local District Authorities to secure permissions for use of ABC's Indian trailers and crew within Bangladesh for the road transportation from Ashuganj to India.

Construction of 25 bypasses to weak bridges, 3 riverine jetties, and reconstruction and widening of 16 kms of roads between Ashuganj and Palatana.

Cargo from various Manufacturing Units were received and warehoused at Kolkata and from there they were dispatched according to priority by barge and road.
Outcomes
The project was made possible by the innovative use of multimodal transportation and comprehensive route surveys. The discovery of the multimodal route between Kolkata and Agartala involving roads and waterways is expected to reduce the transit time and cost for general cargo transportation between W.Bengal and Tripura by 65 per cent. This has led to the resolution of both the Governments to build a permanent multimodal jetty at Ashuganj.
 
       
 
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