PARADIP: The Port Day was observed on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima by the Paradip Port Trust Authorities on 04-11-2017 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. 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.
Thereafter Harbour Master, Paradip Port Capt. A.K. Mohapatra welcomed the guests in the meeting and explained the importance of Port Day celebration.
Shri 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 Shri Narendra Modi and Shipping Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari, 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 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. 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.