Ignoring the local displeasure from
various sections including strongest one from non-other than Kutch monarch of
erstwhile princely state of Kutch, Maharao Pragmalji, the third, the govt is
firm in its resolve to name Kandla port after the late saffron leader Pandit
Din Dayal Upadhayay even though the great leader has no Kutch connection in any
manner.The suggestion for the naming of Kandla had come from Prime Minister
Narendra Modi during his first maiden visit to Kandla last May.
The port management immediately acted and
sent a formal resolution of the board as required under the act to the shipping
ministry for its ratification. But it was not accepted by the ministry in that
form as the resolution was based on various letters of the saffron party ruled
local resolution. The revised resolution was adopted in the KPT board’s last
meeting last week and it has now been sent to the ministry once again for its
formal approval. Once this is done, the port would be renamed.
The board in its meeting number five of
2017-18 also deliberated on various developmental issues of the port,
specially connected with environment. The most important one related to wind
power proposal for installation, supply and commissioning of 14
MW wind power project outside Kutch- at Chotila in Saurshtra region- by Suzlon
was okayed.The benefit of the project would be that the port trust would get
its entire power supply from this clean energy. The board also assigned
the work to Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology for enhancing environmental
quality of KPT area.
The board also Okayed the proposal to
allow operation and maintenance of mobile towers installed at Kandla by various
mobile phone operators on purely temporary basis till the finalization of fresh
allotment through e-tender cum e-auction process.
The board also okayed a scheme for
imparting fireman training to students passing six month fire fighting courses
from the govt recognised colleges and institutes at Kandla.
The board also decided not to levy crane
berth charges from vessels which are shifted from non-crane berth to crane
berth for convenience of the port.