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Vizag port’s capacity enhanced to 120 million tonnes: Chairman

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 said.

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 Vizag port. 

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: secretary.vizagport@gmail.com and they have to make their own transport arrangements.

 

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