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Editorial: Kudos to Paradip Port

Port Wings, 4 April 2018:

For every Indian, who loves the port sector and keenly watches its growth over the years, Paradip Port’s achievement of handling 100 MT cargo in a financial year is something bigger than India winning a gold medal in Olympics or clinching a T20 World Cup title.

And all the credit goes to the team of Paradip Port, led by its Chairman and the field-level staff, who turned the new chapter in the history of the port.

With the achievement, Paradip Port joins the elite club of ports in the world crossing the 100 MT milestone.

Eventhough many ports in the Europe and China have been in the elite club for years, the remarkable achievement of Paradip is something, which could force the other ports in the country to aim for the three-digit magic figure in coming years. Besides Deendayal (Kandla) Port, Paradip Port in the East Coast also has promising growth year after year and finally touched the three figure growth in this financial year.

Ever since the Adani Group-operated Mundra Port came into existence near Kandla, the employees of the one of the old ports in the country, envisaged that Deendayal Port would be put to slow death in the face of fierce competition for volume and the private player could eat away its cargo pool sooner than later.

And as anticipated, Mundra Port began attracting cargo from the region and even crossed the 100-MT mark in 2013-14 financial year period.

The achievement cemented the Paradip Port’s position as a Numero uno port among the Government of India maintained 12 major ports this year.

It may be noted that Paradip Port has a big traffic volume of coal cargo, including crude oil, and it sustains the port’s cargo volume year after year.

There is no doubt that both Deendayal and Paradip ports playing the role of gateway for the Central as well as North Indian states and the cargo volume is bound to grow year after year.

Under such circum stances, there would not be any surprise in the minds of people of the region in particular and other in general if Paradip Port touches another magical figure of 150 MT in next few years.

Whatever said and done, full credit to make to port to touch the 100 MT milestone in a financial year goes to the chairman and his able force. Kudos to the team.

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