Kidderpore: Calcutta Port Trust will be closing one of its docks for around two months to repair a lock gate, forcing major diversions in river and road traffic in and around Kidderpore, Garden Reach and Metiabruz. Kidderpore Dock, which has 18 berths and three dry docks, will be shut from August 28 till further notice.

Incoming and outbound vessels will anchor at Netaji Subhas Dock, about a kilometre further south from the city. Lock gates are used in ports to hold up the water level during low tide so that cargo can be transferred between a vessel and the shore.

In the absence of a lock gate, the water level will fluctuate depending on the tide, causing problems in handling heavy cargo. All 18 berths at Kidderpore Dock are located behind the lock gate there.

S. Balaji Arunkumar, the deputy chairman of the port trust, said every effort would be made to complete repairing the lock gate within 60 days to minimise traffic disruption. “Repairs were long overdue.

The last time the lock was changed was 10 years ago. This is a preventive measure before the lock fails,” he told Metro. Read more from…

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