Port Wings News Network:
The Port Day was observed on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima by the Paradip Port Trust Authorities on 19 November 2021 as being done every year, but in a restrained manner following social distancing and guidelines of the Govt.
On this occasion, Shri P.L. Haranadh, 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.C. Sahoo 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 Haranadh, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust outlined the tremendous rise of the Port in recent decades. He appealed to all the stakeholders to embark on the Mission No. 1, to make the Port the numero uno among all the Major Ports of India. In the current fiscal, till October 2021, the Port has handled 65.28 MMT cargo, thus by exhibiting a positive growth of 5.33% and on course to cross 100 MMT cargo handling 6th year in row. Among the ongoing projects over Rs. 2,000 Cr. worth of projects are under implementation out of which mechanization of 3 EQ Berths and Development of New Coal Import Berth will be completed by December, 2021 resulting a total capacity addition of 40 MMTPA. Development of ambitious Western Dock of capacity 25 MMTPA at a cost of Rs. 3,005 Cr. is now in tendering stage and within this fiscal, it is schedule to be awarded. As Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi aims to make India No. 1 Maritime Country, during inaugural event of recent Gati Shakti, he has stressed on capacity augmentation, increase in efficiency and reduction in Turn Round Time of Vessels. The completion of Haridaspur-Paradip Rail line has been a major game changer in the region. Numaligarh Refinery Storage terminal at a cost of Rs. 500 Cr. is under implementation and 2nd Exit Road cum Fly Over as a part of Gati Shakti at a cost of Rs. 93 Cr. will be completed by next year.
Under promotion of Business Development, Ease of doing business provisions will create a congenial atmosphere for the customers to handle traffic through out Port. e-initiatives like ERP implementation, improvement of RFID and other Smart Port initiatives will go a long way for customer satisfaction. Feasibility of power supply in the Port by Solar means in next few years will be explored. Pollution control measures to be stepped up. Under Green Port initiatives, 1 lakh plantation drive will be undertaken and in the prohibited area, greenery will be given utmost importance. Staff and Port Users’ welfare will always be in his heart. 147 quarters will be built in Phase I within a year and in the next board meeting it will be set in motion. PPT Hospital will be expanded to handle cardiac and trauma care patient. Shri Haranadh concluded by saying that he believes that Team PPT will rise to the occasion and with dedication, integrity and team effort will conquer new milestones in next couple of years.
Dr. P.N. Bahekar, Secretary, PPT offered the Vote of Thanks.