Port Wings News Network:
The Port Day was observed on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima by the Paradip Port Trust authorities on 4 November as being celebrated every year.
On this occasion, Mr Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, attended the function as chief guest and unfurled the Paradip Port Flag at Wet Basin.
He performed the traditional Kalas Puja and handed over the sacred Kalas to the Sadhavas who set sail on board a traditionally decorated boat. He also inspected the port marine crafts. Thereafter Harbour Master, Paradip Port Capt. A.K. Mohapatra welcomed the guests in the meeting and explained the importance of Port Day celebration.
Mr Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, spoke on the occasion and extended his greetings to the gathering and said that on this auspicious day of Kartik Purnima, Paradip Port is celebrating its anniversary and we must recall the vision and effort of the founder of the Port Late Biju Pattanaik.
He said that as envisioned by the Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi and Shipping Minister Mr Nitin Gadakari, under Sagarmala Programme development of the port is being undertaken.
It has four components – Port Led Development, Port Expansion and Modernization, Community led development and Port connectivity. Under Port Led development, a Wood Park will be coming up, so that wood coming from countries like Malaysia will be processed locally. 11 lakh sqmt of warehousing space is being developed in the Multi Modal Logistics Park.
This will be the one of the largest in the country and as a result Paradip will emerge as a major distribution centre in eastern India. With Rs 3,500 Cr. Investment, rapid port expansion is taking place under which a Clean Cargo Berth will be coming up by coming January end.
Similarly, development of Deep Draught Coal Berth and Iron Ore Berth on BOT basis and mechanisation of Berths are continuing. Under environment protection, PPT is committed to make the Port City one of the cleanest in India.
The port has a unique tradition of involving the local community in its various cultural programmes. Lighting of the Fishery Harbour Road has been carried out and under Port Connectivity, thrust is being given towards completion of Haridaspur-Paradip Rail Link and it is purposed for 6 laning of Express Way. He made an announcement that for the First time one Cape Size Vessel will be soon berthing at the Inner Harbour. PPT has been continuously occupying the second position, among the major ports in India for the last three years. It is vying for the coveted top position with a slew of modernization programmes. This year it has a target to handle 100 million metric tonnes of cargo.
Guest of honour on the occasion, Mr N. Vaiyapuri, Deputy Chairman, PPT, told that celebration of the Port Day at Paradip Port Trust is one of the symbols of rich age old traditions of Odisha. It coincides with the Boita Bandana or Boat Festival, which is mass commemoration of the maritime glory of the people of Odisha.
One of the notable mentions of the function was address in Odia by Shri K Ramchandra Rao, Chief Engineer, PPT who offered vote of thanks.
As part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, prizes were also distributed among the port officials and departments who are keeping their offices neat and clean.