Port Wings News Network:
The Port Day was observed on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima by the Paradip Port Trust Authorities on 23 November 2018 as being done every year.
On this occasion, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust attended the function as Chief Guest and unfurled the Paradip Port Flag at Wet Basin in the morning. He performed the traditional Kalas Puja & handed over the sacred Kalas to the Sadhavas who set sail on board a traditionally decorated boat. He also inspected the Port Marine crafts lined up in the Harbour and took salute.
Thereafter Dy. Conservator, Paradip Port Capt. A.K. Mohapatra welcomed the guests in the meeting and explained the importance of Port Day celebration.
Extending his greetings to the gathering on the auspicious occasion of Kartika Purnima, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust lauded the Marine Department achievement of a commendable 27 vessel movements in 24 Hrs, and also for the first time Mediterranean Mooring type berthing of ship carrying edible oil in the Eastern Coast.
He informed that Rs. 3,500 Cr. Port modernization programme is in full swing, which will result in capacity augmentation of 55-60 MMT over the existing capacity, thus by enabling the Port to become the No. 1 Port in the country in terms of cargo handling. For providing safe drinking water to the local community, a Desalination Project in consultation with National Institute of Ocean Technology will be taken up and is expected to be commissioned by December, 2019.
PPT Board has approved for 350 Nos. New Quarters for the employees. In order to curb pollution and dust suppression, constructions of concrete roads has already been started in the township. Dry Fog Dust Suppression System has been implemented at Mechanised Coal Handing Plant (MCHP) for unloading the coal from the Rail Wagon without spreading of coal dust. For the first time among Major Ports, Group Insurance Scheme covering both employees and contractual workers has been implemented in PPT. For the benefit of local fishing community, PPT will spend around Rs. 15 Cr. by this year end for dredging the Confluence Point of River Mahanadi. Under CSR, PPT has provided financial assistance to the Jaipur Weaver Craft Village, where the local weavers can sell their handloom products. Besides, many other programmes aiming for upliftment of the needy people around the Port township are being taken up by the Port Authority.
Shri K Ramchandra Rao, Chief Engineer, PPT who attended as Guest of Honour and threw light on the overall development of Paradip Port. Finally, Shri S.K. Sahu, FA & CAO, Paradip Port Trust extended vote of thanks.