Dhamra port operates two berths with capacity to handle 25 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), could handle only 15 mtpa. The less handling of cargo was due to state government putting restriction on the export of iron ore from Odisha.
This has probably discouraged L&T which was in search of a suitable company to sale its equity. About his discussion with the state government, Naik said he took up different projects like L&T's proposed alumina project, power project and others. Naik, however, skirted a question on whether the company would provide raw material to Vedanta's refinery at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district from its bauxite mines. L&T already have prospecting license over a bauxite reserve in the state. However, the company was trying to get mining lease (ML) in order to make it operational. This apart, Naik said L & T has proposal to set up a power plant in the state. "If our proposals are implemented, we will invest about Rs 20,000 crore in the state," he said.