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Kandla Port (Gujarati: કંડલા) is a seaport in Kutch District of Gujarat state in western India. Located on the Gulf of Kutch, it is one of major ports on India's west coast. Kandla was constructed in the 1950s as the chief seaport serving western India, after the partition of India from Pakistan left the port of Karachi in Pakistan.
The Port of Kandla Special Economic Zone (KASEZ) was the first special economic zone to be established in India and in Asia. Established in 1965, the Port of Kandla SEZ is the biggest multiple-product SEZ in the country. Covering over 310 hectares, the special economic zone is just nine kilometers from the Port of Kandla. Today, the Port of Kandla is India's hub for exporting grains and importing oil. This self-sufficient port is one of the highest-earning ports in the country. Major imports entering the Port of Kandla are petroleum, chemicals, and iron and steel machinery, but it also handles salt, textiles, and grain.
Kandla Port is growing into a major coal handling port.
Articles and Resources
- "Ports in India" Presentation by Sahil Parmar, Anuj Gandhi, Rucha Brahmbhatt, accessed on August 5, 2011.