Kandla, also Kandla Port or New Kandla is a seaport in Kutch
District of Gujarat
state in western India
, near the city of Gandhidham
. Located on the Gulf Of Kutch
, it is one of major ports on 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 is located on the Gulf of Kutch on the northwestern coast of India some 256 nautical miles southeast of the Port of Karachi in Pakistan and over 430 nautical miles north-northwest of the Port of Mumbai (Bombay).
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 and one of the highest-earning ports in the country.