As we step into the 72ndIndependence
Day of India we have to
remember the great sacrifices of our great leaders and freedom fighters for
their immense contribution towards an independent India’ said Shri
I. Jeyakumar, IRTS, Chairman MPT, after hoisting the national flag, at an
impressive Independence Day celebrations in the Port at the Deepvihar Primary
School grounds in the presence of the Trustees of the Board, representatives of
the Trade Unions, the Dy. Chairman, HODs, Port Users, Officers, and employees.
Further addressing the august gathering,
Shri I. Jeyakumar, IRTS Chairman, said ‘ Mormugao Port is one of the oldest
ports in the country. The Port has been serving the state and the Nation for
more than 130 years. The port directly supports more than 6000 families. The
number of families that benefit through indirect employment is as much as 10
times this number. Therefore the well-being of these families is highly
dependent on the well-being of the port.
The port has gone through very difficult
times. With iron ore exports drying up and coal imports suspended, the port had
faced an existence crisis. It goes to the credit of the officers and employees
that we could sail through this difficult period. Coal imports have now been
partially restored and the port has been able to attract other cargo. Resumption
of iron ore exports will be a bonus. Therefore for the time being the situation
has normalised and we are in the recovery path’.
Highlighting the cruise traffic in the
port the Chairman stated that the cruise tourism is a focus area of
the port and that the Mumbai-Goa domestic cruise will kick off from Mumbai on 3rdOctober
2018. This will promote domestic cruise tourists. Emphasizing on the subject
further the Chairman said ‘several investments have been planned on the
International Cruise front. By the year 2025, the port is targeting to handle
more than 100 cruise vessels during the cruise season. I hope in the coming
years the Port will bounce back to its past glory’.
A variety entertainment
programme including patriotic songs and colorful dances were presented by the
students of the schools run by the Mormugao Port Trust Education Society. The
CISF personnel had conducted a special drill and display of firearms handling.
3 CISF Personnel were honoured for their dedicated services to the port. The
Chairman, Dy. Chairman, Heads of Departments, Senior Officers, Trade Union
leaders and other dignitaries later visited the Port Hospital where they
were received by Dr. Nimish V. Pillai, Chief Medical Officer, and other Medical
officers and medical staff. The Chairman visited the inpatients and spent some
time with them. He later along with the HODs distributed fruits to the
inpatients to mark the Independence Day Celebrations in port.