Paradip : Republic Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority in a restrained manner following the COVID-19 guidelines. Shri P.L. Harandh, Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag.
Addressing on the occasion, he said that PPT is determined to cross 115 MMT of cargo handling this fiscal also like the previous four years. Mentioning about few path braking decisions by the Union Govt. like Major Port Authorities Act notified on 3rd November 2021, he hoped that this will be a game-changer to the Port sector and take this sector to world class benchmark. It will provide greater autonomy in decision making to the Major Ports and professionalize their governance. Government of India has recently launched the ‘PM Gati Shakti Master Plan’, at an estimated cost of Rs. 100 lakh-crore project for building ‘holistic infrastructure’ in India. Under Gati Shakti Master Plan, Government Will bring all infrastructure building Ministries together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects. Similarly, Government has unveiled a four-year ‘National Monetisation Pipeline’ on 23rdAugust of last year which envisages engagement the private sector and tapping private sector efficiencies in operations and management of infrastructure.
Further, MoPSW has launched the Maritime Vision India, 2030. This envisages developing mega capacity ports of International standards, Port-led industrialization, Initiatives to enhance Ease of Doing Business, transform the ship building industry and develop the National Waterways. With more than Rs. 10,000 crore investment opportunity lined up, Paradip Port is now the main driver for economic growth in the Paradip region. Over Rs.3500 crores worth of projects for Port modernization have been implemented.
Ø Clean Cargo & Container Berth at an approximate cost of Rs.430 crores.
Ø Development of new Iron Ore Terminal at an approximate cost of Rs.740 crores.
Ø Mechanisation of 03 existing berths in the EQ for handling thermal coal exports at an approximate cost of Rs.1440 crores.
Ø Development of a New Coal Import Berth at an approximate cost of Rs.650 crores.
Further, development of Western Dock at a cost of Rs.3005 Crores has been approved by Government of India and is in tendering stage. On completion, this will transform the Port with facilities to handle Cape size vessels.
The Haridaspur-Paradip Railway line which has recently been completed is a major game changer and makes Paradip Port very competitive in international trading. Similarly, the 8 laning of the Paradip-Barbil Road by NHAI will further improve the Road connectivity to the Port. Several initiatives have been taken by the Port under Port-led industrialization which include
Ø Development of Multi Modal Logistics Park by CONCOR at an approximate cost of Rs.200 crores over 100 acres of land, which envisages the development of around 1.1 million sq. ft of warehousing.
Ø Setting up of a Pellet Plant at an approximate cost of Rs.3000 crores.
Ø Development of Tank Terminal for Numaligarh Refinery Limited including laying of pipeline and transportation of crude at an approximate cost of Rs.1500 crores.
Ø Setting up of a LPG Terminal at an approximate cost of Rs.692 crores.
Ø For staff welfare, insurance coverage has been provided to over 900 employees and 800 contract workers giving coverage of Rs.5 lakhs for natural death.
Ø Constructions of 147 residential quarters have been planned for accommodation of Port employees and other quarters will be also converted in phases.
Dedicated teams regularly carry out disinfection activities inside port prohibited area besides ensuring mandatory use of face masks by all the personnel. We have also been undertaking disinfectant fumigation in the Port Township, PPT Administrative Building, Quarantine Centres and PPT Hospital by deploying Mist Cannons. For management of COVID-19, PPT Hospital has clocked a record vaccination of 52,000+.
All efforts are made to beautify our Port township including development of parks, creek side and walking paths and make Paradip as a walkers’ paradise. For Fishermen community, the Port has undertaken lighting of Fishery Harbour road and dredging of the navigational channel from Mahanadi River mouth. All efforts are made to beautify Port Township by development of parks, creek side and walking paths. Paradip Orchads are being planned, opposite to Biju Convention Centre, where all fruit bearing trees will be planted.
For fishermen community, the Port plans to undertake the modernization and upgradation of fishing harbor with Rs. 100 Cr. Under PM Mastya Sampad Yojana.
Thereafter, Shri Harandh awarded prizes to PPT Hospital for 52,000+ Covid-19 vaccination, Employees and Covid warriors of other Departments and CISF, who have excelled in their respective work area.