Port Wings News Network:
The 72nd Independence Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority on 15 August. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, unfurled the National Flag and took salute from platoons consisting of CISF Jawans at Gopabandhu Stadium.
Addressing on the occasion, Chairman, PPT, informed that PPT has been consistently maintaining the 2nd position in terms of traffic handled amongst all Major Ports. It has undertaken great strides in each area of its activities and has witnessed 11 % growth in terms of cargo handling in this fiscal, compared to last year during the corresponding period.
Cargo handling operations have commenced from March, 2018 in the Multi-purpose Clean Cargo Berth of 5 MMTPA capacity for handling of containers and other clean cargo. A New Iron Ore Berth is expected to be operational by this year end. Construction of LPG Terminal at South Oil Jetty by IOCL of 0.75 MMTPA capacity is in full swing. PPT is going to award a project for Deepening and optimization of Inner Harbour facilities including development of Western Dock Captive Berth (2 Nos.) of 30 MMTPA capacity to handle Cape-size vessels with an estimated cost of Rs. 2000 Cr.
For the welfare of employees, Shri Roy announced the introduction of Group Insurance Scheme under which coverage will be given to PPT Officials & Employees as well as workers, in case of natural or accidental deaths and permanent disability. For the benefits of local fishing community, PPT will take up the work of Mahanadi Mouth opening by November-December of this year. For the benefits of denizens of the locality, PPT will implement Super Speciality Hospital Project in the lines of Golden Share Model Hospital finalized for Mumbai Port Trust by the Ministry of Shipping. Under CSR scheme, PPT Hospital has extended free cataract operations benefits to 200 poor persons in the locality last year and in the current fiscal the target is 250.
Under Smart Port City Project, PPT has undertaken different measures like creek side development, landscaping, construction of Sewage Treatment Plants. Installation of Industrial RO Water Purifiers at different operating locations is being done to provide clean and safe drinking water. Work on Desalination Plant of 10 MLD capacity is targeted for awarding this year, which will solve the drinking water woes in the Port township.