The capacity of the Visakhapatnam port capacity has
now risen to 120 million tonnes with 27 berths and several projects are in
progress in the port to further enhance the capacity and improve the services
to customers, according to Chairman M.T Krishnababu..
Speaking to media here on Thursday,
he said the port would celebrate its 85th Foundation Day on October 7.
Explaining the port history and its developmental activities, Krishnababu said
the port was established in 1933 by the Britishers with two lakh tonnes
capacity per year. Stating the port handled 63.5 million tonnes of cargo for 2017-18,
he said it has set a target of 67 MT for the present fiscal.
“We are sure we will achieve, and even surpass, the
target,” he added.
He said several old berths were being upgraded and new
ones being constructed at the port, and containerisation was also gathering
momentum. “We are taking all possible steps to reduce pollution to the minimum,
acceptable levels and to cause no inconvenience to the citizens,” he said.
The VPT was one of the leading major
ports in India on the east coast that has been rendering service to the nation
by serving major economic sectors like steel, power, petroleum, mining and
fertilizer besides container services, he added.
In response to a question, Krishnababu said there was
a possibility of one, or even two, major ports coming up in Andhra Pradesh, but
he felt that there would be no threat to Vizag port.
“There was a proposal initially to set up a major port
at Dugarajapatnam in Nellore district and it was also included in the AP
Reorganisation Act, 2014, but the proposal was given up as it was found to be
technically unviable. The AP Government was asked to choose an alternative site
and a technical committee was also constituted to find an alternative,” he
In addition, he said, Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari
had offered to develop a port at Vodarevu, if the State Government was willing
to offer 3,000 acres of land, “but there are several issues to be sorted out
still with regard to the proposal.”
He also spoke about the several CSR initiatives of
The Chairman said the port has decided to celebrate Foundation Day on
October 7 in a big way for completing 85 years of its operation by taking up
various activities. He said the port would be allowed for public and high
school and college students for three days from October 6-8 to explain about
cargo handling operations in the harbour.
The students from schools and
colleges can visit the port after their managements have informed their details
thru email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and they have to make their
own transport arrangements.