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.Healso inspected the Port Marine crafts,
says a press release.
Harbour Master, Paradip Port Capt. A.K. Mohapatra welcomed the guests in the
meeting and explained the importance of Port Day celebration.
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 Gadakari, 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. He made an announcement that for the First time one
Cape Size Vessel will be soon berthing at the Inner Harbour. 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.
Honour on the occasion, Shir N. Vaiyapuri, Dy. Chairman, PPT told
that Celebration of the Port Day at Paradip Port Trust is one of the
symbols of rich age old traditions of Odisha. It coincides with the Boita
Bandana or Boat Festival, which is mass commemoration of the maritime glory of
the people of Odisha.
One of the
notable mentions of the function was address in Odia by Shri K Ramchandra Rao,
Chief Engineer, PPT who offered vote of thanks.
As part of
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, prizes were also distributed among the Port Officials
and Departments who are keeping their offices neat and clean.