Port Wings News Network:
Independence Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority with a great passion on 15 August 2019. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, unfurled the National Flag and took salute from 43 platoons consisting of CISF Jawans, students of Paradip College, Orissa Maritime Academy and different schools of Paradip Township.
Addressing the gathering, the Chairman said that Paradip Port has become the largest dry bulk handling Port and the largest Coal and Coastal Cargo Handling Port of the country. Consecutively, for the last 2 years, it has clocked more than 100 MMT cargo handling.Port has also made impressive strides in the realm of infrastructure, capacity addition, efficiency & technology.
The New Iron Ore Berth is expected to be Operational by September’ 2019 and the New Coal Berth to handle import coal cargo is expected to be completed by April 2021.LPG Terminal of 0.75 MMTPA capacity at South Oil Jetty is being developed by IOCL with an estimated cost of Rs. 690 Crores.A State-of-the-Art Effluent Treatment Plant was commissioned at a cost of Rs.32 lakhs on 21st July, 2019 within the PPT Hospital premises for disposal of liquid waste. This adds another feather to the cap of PPT for its commitment towards prevention of pollution and biohazard in and around Paradip. 2 New Sewerage Treatment Plants will be commissioned in this fiscal, with a capacity of approximate 4.5 MLD and at a cost of Rs.21.82 crores.The first State-of-the-Art 10 MLD (Million Litres per day) De-salination Plant in Odisha is going to be commissioned at Paradip Port.
An MoU regarding consulting services was signed between PPT & NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai under Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India) on 15th July 2019. As per this, SWRO (Sea-water Reverse Osmosis) water will be available in PPT Township. This project will supplement the drinking water requirement during the summer season in the Port Township. This first of its kind drinking water venture in the state by PPT is a landmark project.
As a part of welfare measures, for rehabilitation and restoration efforts in areas affected by cyclone Fani, Paradip Port Trust has contributed a sum of Rs.5.00 crores to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on 4th June, 2019. As a part of development of Smart Industrial Port City, Paradip Port will segregate its cargo traffic from the passenger traffic, for which a second exit road-cum-fly over shall be implemented at a cost of Rs.106.00 crores. This will ensure safety in road movement and clean environment to the commuters. Another bridge shall also be constructed adjacent to the old ATBK Bridge for congestion free movement to the Fishery Harbour Road and the Port premises.
All efforts are made to beautify our Port township including development of parks, creek side and walking paths and make Paradip as a walkers’ paradise.A modern air-conditioned conference hall will soon be opened for the benefit of inhabitants of Port township at a cost of Rs.3.00 crores.
Towards environmental measuers, aState-of-Art Technology – Dry Fog system has been commissioned at Mechanised Coal Handling Plant.1665 nos of street lights have been replaced by LED lights.A proposal for installation of Auto sprinklers on main roads inside Port prohibited area is under consideration by MECON.Roof top solar plant has been installed of about 265 kwp.
Thereafter, Shri Roy awarded prizes to the winners of different competitions held for the occasion. He also felicitated the meritorious students of Port Township, who have passed out Class X exam this year, by securing highest marks in CBSE, ICSE, BSE Boards.
A Poet’s Meet was also organised at Officer’s Club followed by an exhibition football match in the afternoon at Gopabandhu Stadium. In the evening, Inter-School Dance competitions on Patriotic theme were held among school children at JaydevSadan.