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Kandla is utmost attention receiving central major port: Ravi Parmar

The port and shipping sector in India’s biggest maritime state of Gujarat celebrated 71st Independence Day on August 15 with zeal.


The major port of Kandla, the only one of its kind in Gujarat, led the port sector in the state with a big celebration at its port colony at Gopalpuri. With officers, workers and employees and others living in the surroundings attended the flag hoist ceremony in their large number and the entire area bubbled with patriotic fervor right from the morning.


‘’We organize two national events-Republic Day and Independence Day-respectively at proper Kandla and 15 km away our huge and beautiful port colony at Gopalpuri .We have these days turned green which sooths your eyes. At a brief but impressive flag hoisting  ceremony, our chairman Ravi Parmar ,accompanied by deputy chairman Alok Singh and other top officials ,unfurled the national tricolor at our sprawling sports ground which had world class sport facilities ‘’ Omprakash Dadlani ,young and energetic APRO of KPT, told this paper soon after the event. He said that the flag hoisting was followed by a get-together where also our top officials and others from KPT parivar had their attendance.


In fact, Kandla Port and the Independence Day have co-relation in that Kandla  is post-Independent India’s first and only major port. It was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who had laid its foundation stone and it was our iron man Sardar Patel who had chosen the site for it. Nehru  in his speech had described Kandla as a temple of India and now Kandla has proved its worth. Present Day prime minister Narendra Modi takes special interest in development of Kandla with his choosing Kandla for India’s first smart port city on the west coast .


Making special mention of this with a gratitude in his speech at the flag hoisting ceremony at Gopalpuri,the port’s visionary and workaholic chairman Ravi Parmar said though Kandla held a unique position among India’s major ports by being the first and only major port to hold traffic handling record of 100 million ton consecutively for two last years. Prime minister Modi visited Kandla in May last to hasten his port’s development by laying the foundation stones for various  major projects. The  PM said that the port-township too would have  a state of arts Babasaheb Ambedkar convention centre .He said that it was after 33 years that the PM had visited Kandla  and this honour was  bestowed to  Kandla by PM Modi.


Terming the Industrial port city project as a new age project, Parmar said that preliminary work was already on to set up the smart city in a total area of 1430 acres. There would be two parts, he said, one residential in 580 acres and the other industrial area where environmental friendly industrial units such as, furniture making, vegetable oil would be set up with the public investment of Rs. 1400 cr and 10000 cr private one. He said some 50000 people would get employment here.


Stating that the port trust had not forgotten its corporate social responsibility (CSR) the chairman said that since 2011 till today a sum of over 18 cr were provided in the port’s budget and this year a sum of Rs.1.40 cr has been earmarked in the budget.


 D V Maheshwari

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