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State-of-the-Art Portable X-Ray Machine and Biochemistry Auto Analyser were dedicated to service of the patients, this morning, during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at PPT Hospital. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated both the machines in presence of Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT, Shri Himanshu Sekhar Rout, Dy. Chief Engineer, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital and other staff of the Hospital, who were present on the occasion
During natural disasters, it was becoming difficult to manage the investigations, like Blood Tests & X-Ray etc., if, there was any breakdown of the main equipment, since a lot people in the locality are dependent on PPT Hospital. Portable X-Ray will be useful to make x-Ray examination of patients at the bed side of the seriously ill patients. Previously, it was required to move the patient for such examination. Further, X-ray examinations of suspects of COVID-19 are now possible in the Flu OPD (Acute Respiratory Infection OPD), situated totally outside the main hospital building, minimizing the chances of spread of cross infection. Previously, such X-ray examination was being performed in the Radiology Department, situated inside the main hospital building, which was being mandatorily sanitised, thereafter.
“As the Cyclonic storm 'AMPHAN' expected to trigger heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in the locality, PPT Administration is fully geared up to meet any eventuality”, said Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT. While addressing the media here he said that, the drains in the locality have been cleared on a war footing in order to avoid any possible water logging. Four teams of PPT with chain saws and Pay loader will function round the clock during the cyclone to clear the roads due to possible uprooting of the trees. As precautionary measures, around twenty Ships from the anchorage areas have been moved to safer water in deep sea. No unward movement of Ships has been permitted from 18.00 Hrs of 17.05.2020. Currently, the Port has planned only outward movements of Ships which is expected to be completed by 20.00 Hrs of 18.05.2020. All operations is being wound up and the Port is being cleared of all personnel 19th evening. From tomorrow, except few employees required for critical areas, nobody will be inside prohibited area. A medical team along with Ambulance will be available to meet any medical emergencies. Six Cyclone shelters have been activated, where people from the local slums and low lying areas will be accommodated with proper social distancing norms. They will be provided with dry ration, cooked food items, drinking water, face masks and sanitizers. The cyclone shelters will be also equipped with Gensets for uninterrupted electric supply.
Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT was also present in today’s’ presser.
Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, Shri Rinkesh Roy while addressing the Press today, reiterated the successful completion of dredging operations at Mahanadi River Mouth. The navigational channel having 1Km length and 100 meter width was carried out by the Dredger of Dredging Corporation of India Ltd, which completed on 26th February, 2020. He appealed to the local fishermen to use designated channel and not use any short-cut while venturing into the sea. Marine department of PPT has already installed 4 temporary buoys in the channel with proper marking, which is clearly visible. Shri Roy informed that 3.5 meters depth is maintained in the designated channel of the River mouth even during the low tide. To impart training to the fishermen, Sr. Hydrographic Surveyor of PPT will conduct a training programme regarding GPS Co-ordination with proper latitude an longitude tomorrow. Shri Roy, cautioned that fishing trawlers not following the designated channel will be at risk of stranding. It may be noted that the Integrated Fishery Harbour is operational at Paradip located in the right bank of Mahanadi River about 1km upstream of the river mouth, for which maintenance dredging is required in regular intervals. The fishery harbour is presently managed by the Odisha State Government Fisheries Department. The local fishing community has been facing difficulties as the river mouth has been silted up over the years and the fishing vessels face hindrance to navigate during approach/exit from the fishery harbour. The Mahanadi River Mouth was last dredged almost 20 years back.
Highlighting various steps undertaken by PPT Administration to prevent any possible outbreak of COVID 2019 in the locality, he said that the ships coming to the Port from the hotspot countries, where, there is reporting of maximum outbreak of corona virus, those ships are subjected to quarantine of mandatory 14 days in the anchorage area and the Master of Vessel, sends the health status of its crew members twice a day to the designated Medical Team of PPT. After quarantine period, the Port Health Officer or the Chief Medical Officer, PPT boards and screens the crew and if everything is alright, then the ship is allowed to undertake Cargo operations. As the Limited Pratique is in place, no shore leaving permission is given to the crew. In case of Indian crew, if there is any essential requirement, then he is subjected to medical screening and thermal scanning at Gate No. 4. As a precautionary measure, disposal of waste or faecal matter from the ships berthing, locally, is not permitted. All precautions are being taken and people; should not be sued by the false rumours.
Cautioning about hard summer days ahead, Chairman, PPT appealed to the inhabitants of township to cope up with one time water supply very soon. Repair work of Taladanda canal will begin near SCB Medical College, Cuttack, and will continue till 31st May, 2020. Hence, Port Administration is trying to revive the water intake point at Choudhurygada and draw maximum possible water in next few days. The reservoirs of PPT can meet the water demand of township for 30-35 days with one time supply, otherwise the capacity is for 17-20 days. Besides, for water sprinkling activities, treated water from STPs will be utilized. He requested the inhabitants of Paradip to use water judiciously, without unnecessary wastage.
Observation of International Women's Week by Working Women Cell, PPT came to an end today with valedictory function held at Conference Hall of Officer's club. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest Dr. Minati Behera, Chairperson of Odisha State Commission for Women, said that, if any woman is subjected to any kind of violence, then other women should come in support of her without any prejudices. Awareness should be created among the women about their rights and they should try to be economically independent. The commission will serve as a watchdog for protection of their rights. Addressing the gathering, Ms. Snehanjali Mohanty, Member of Odisha State Commission for Women deliberated on various laws framed by the Govt. to enable them for their right to equality and live with dignity. Guest of Honour, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT hoped that this type of deliberation will immensely help the women folk of the locality to understand their rights. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT said that despite 74 years of independence, right to equality still remains a distant dream for women. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club highlighted the challenges faced by working women in their day to day life. Com-peering the programme, Shri Saroj Kumar Das, CME told that inspite of progress of Civilisation, still gender inequality exits in the society in the name of tradition, due to ignorance of their legal rights by the women. This kind programme will eventually create awareness among them and they will take a stand against the menace of inequality.
Coinciding with the observation of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2020 various competitions like song, dance, debate and sports competitions were held among the members of the Working Women Cell. The winners were awarded today by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries present on the occasion. Smt. Susmita Samal, Chairperson of the Working Women Cell, PPT gave the welcome speech and Smt. Bijaylaxmi Mohapatra, Convenor offered the vote of thanks.
A local level training programme on COVID 2019 was organized at PPT Hospital conference hall on 11.03.2020 at 15:30 Hrs. as per the instruction of the MoHFW, GOI. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT declared the training session open, in the presence of Dr P. Panda, CMO, PPT. Speaking on the occasion, he reiterated that Paradip Port Trust will not leave any stone unturned to prevent the entry of any infectious disease, including the COVID-19 through this Port. He told that the Port is fully prepared to tackle the unfolding scenario of the spreading of the viral disease to more than 115 countries and territories; affecting nearly 1,18,000 people globally. The Deputy Chairman, PPT emphasized on the protection of the healthcare workforce, while on duty in the current situation, so that they can take care of the others.
Imparting training to the gathering of principals/headmasters of local schools, representatives from stevedores and steamer agents, local CISF and Coast Guard unit, doctors and paramedics of Port Hospital and representatives from various departments, Dr. P. Panda highlighted practice of various precautionary and self-protection measures for the prevention of the disease. Local media were urged to use their platforms to focus on dissemination of basic public health measures viz. washing hands, cough etiquette, avoiding unnecessary travel, staying alert for signs and symptoms (coughing, fever and difficulty in breathing) of the disease, maintaining hygiene of commonly infected surfaces like table tops, computer keyboards and mobile screens etc.
The meeting was concluded with unanimous decision by all the participants to sensitize others, in turn, on the basic public health measures to be adopted for the prevention of the disease.
“Enhance Safety & health performance by use of Advance Technologies” as the theme, observation of the 49th National Safety Week concluded this afternoon at Paradip Port Trust. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Madhabananda Biswal, Commandant, CISF Unit, PPT lowered the National Safety week Flag at an event held at Gate No. 4, in presence of Shri Moloy Dasgupta, Shri S.K. Das, CME, PPT, Shri Deepak Rath, Dy. CME, Shri Chandan Panigrahi, Dy. CEE and Shri P. Gopinath, Asst. Director, Dock Safety along with other officials PPT and various stakeholders. A tribunal salute was offered by Shri R.N. Panigrahi, Safety Officer, PPT. Addressing the gathering, Shri Biswal said that safety and security are like two faces of the same coin and they go hand in hand and safety should not be neglected at any cost. Shri P. Gopinath, Asst. Director urged everybody to continue safety practices in their day to day life. Saftey Rath and Safety Rally have been the major highlights of the week long celebrations.
Thereafter, the winners of various competitions like safety essay, debate and poster competitions, organised on the occasion, were awarded. Shri S.K. Das, CME, PPT gave the welcome address and called upon all the stakeholders to make Safety a way of Life. Shri R.N. Panigrahi, Safety Officer, PPT offered the vote of thanks.
An Indian crew of cargo vessel MT Chemstar Stellar, waiting in the anchorage, developed the symptoms of fever and sore throat, raising suspicion of possible novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on 02.03.2020. He along with all the crews were examined on Board today by the PPT Hospital Medical Team in consultation with the Port Health Officer. He along with his wife were transferred to SCB Medical College, Cuttack for further evaluation and management following the strict protocol for the same.
The vessel was carrying 20,000 MT Sulphuric Acid, came to anchorage of Paradip Port on 1st March, 2020. It has a travel history from China, South Korea and Singapore from 10th February, 2020. The Master of the vessel informed about the symptoms on 02.03.2020 at 1.30 PM.
Addressing the media, here, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, today, allayed the fear about outbreak of Covid-19 in the locality. He said that, as per laid down procedures, PPT Marine & Hospital Staff in close coordination with Port Health Officer, CDMO, Jagatsinghpur, SCB Medical College and District Administration decided to evacuate the crew to SCB Medical College. The team lead by Capt. Nimai Charan Pursty, Pilot, PPT, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital and Shri Dipti Ranjan Dash, Technician boarded the vessel with full protective gears (PPEs) and the vessel was brought to the IFFCO Berth for 15 minutes. After the evacuation of crew along with his wife, the cabin of the ship was sanitized as per protocol. The vessel was returned to the anchorage. The evacuated crew was in stable condition and reached SCB Medical College safely. There, the affected will be tested for the novel coronavirus and will be managed further. The Paradip Police provided all support to escort the ambulance to Cuttack. Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, PPT and Capt. A.C. Sahu, Harbour Master were also present during today’s presser.
“Enhance Safety & health performance by use of Advance Technologies” as the theme, observation of the 49th National Safety Day and Week began at Paradip Port Trust. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated Safety Week Celebrations. At an event held at Gate No. 4, he hoisted the Safety Flag and administered safety oath to employees and workers present there.
Addressing the gathering, he highlighted about various drastic safety measures undertaken during the last 4 years by the Port Authority to establish synergy between health, technology and infrastructure and urged all the stakeholders to put their best efforts forward to make PPT No. 1 in the country in terms of safety measures. Shri Roy told about, how the general safety culture has been inculcated at the grass-root level like helmet, safety shoes and florescent jackets for workers. Now, 300 High Mast lights have been installed in the prohibited area, which stood at 78, just four years ago. Health Audits of 4 decades old berths have been conducted and E&M Deptt. has undertaken similar audits for mechanical equipments. At level crossings, Sensors, Red Light, Hooter are in place. Health check up of workers and employees have been made mandatory. As part of health measures, to prevent corona outbreak, thermal scanners are in place. He urged the Medical, Traffic and E&M Teams of PPT to start a drive against alcohol drinking on the occasion, by using Breathalyzers and random checking in the port prohibited area and take strict action against culprits. He hoped that the work and safety culture of PPT will be a Model for other Ports to follow. A Food vehicle was launched by Chairman, PPT for distribution of food materials among workers as per their convenience inside prohibited area.
Guest of Honor, Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT in his address said that, safety is responsibility of all and one must strictly follow safety rules, especially in operational area, apart from maintaining cleanliness and keeping himself healthy and fit. Shri B. Gopinath, Asst. Director, Dock Safety highlighted the safety measures required to reduce the accidents and any kind of mishaps. HODs of PPT and Commandant, CISF Unit, PPT were among the other dignitaries present on the occasion.
Shri Saroj Kumar Das, CME, PPT in his welcome address, stressed upon Industrial Safety and focused upon Illumination, Cleanliness and Lubrication, Announcing about various programmes to be undertaken during the week long programme, he called upon all the stakeholders to participate in various competitions like debate, essay, slogan writing etc. in large numbers. Shri R.N. Panigrahi, Safety Officer, PPT offered the vote of thanks.
Earlier, in the morning, Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT has flagged off Safety Rath and Safety Rally from ADM Office, Paradip to Gate No. 4 to make the inhabitants of the township aware about safety a way of life.
Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, Shri Rinkesh Roy while addressing the press on 27.02.2020 announced the completion of dredging operations at Mahanadi River Mouth. This work was carried out by the Dredger of Dredging Corporation of India Ltd., which commenced on 02.01.2020.
It may be noted that the Integrated Fishery Harbour was constructed by PPT with the aid of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. The aim was to avoid eventualities inside the commercial harbour during shipping operations. The construction of Fishery Harbour was completed during 1995 and it was commissioned during 1998. Subsequently, it was handed over to Govt. of Odisha on 27.09.2011. The fishery harbour is operational at Paradip located in the right bank of Mahanadi River about 1km upstream of the river mouth having width of 100 Mtr., for which maintenance dredging is required in regular intervals. The fishery harbour is presently managed by the Odisha State Government Fisheries Department. The local fishing community has been facing difficulties as the river mouth has been silted up over the years and the fishing vessels face hindrance to navigate during approach/exit from the fishery harbour. The Mahanadi River Mouth was last dredged almost 20 years back.
Chairman, PPT during his interaction with the Press informed that there is a narrow window period between January and February to complete the work smoothly in tranquil conditions and PPT has completed this task successfully. Now 04 metre depth is maintained at critical areas of the River mouth even during the low tide. PPT has dredged the channel in two instances during 1998 & 2000 by engaging the Dredgers of M/s. DCI Ltd. Marine department of PPT will soon install temporary buoys in the channel and tender has already been floated for permanent ones. Under CSR, concrete road connectivity and lighting of the Fishery Harbour road have already been done.
Shri S.K.Sahu, F.A & C.A.O, PPT, Captain A.C. Sahu, Harbour Master, PPT, Shri Sumant Kumar Biswal, President, Odisha Marine Fish Producers’ Association (OMFPA), Paradip & General Secretary, All Odisha Fish Producers’ Federation (AOFPF) and other members were present on the occasion.
The Ministry of Shipping has approved implementations of the above dredging work through the internal resources of the Port. It is hoped that the long lasting woes of local fishing community over a period of almost two decades will finally see the light of the day due to PPT initiative.
A Port Health Unit headed by a Port Health Officer will come up in a 4-roomed building of PPT, located at Bhuyan Chhak, Madhuban. An MoU in this regard was inked between PPT and Port Health Organisation (PHO), Govt. of India on dated 20.02.2020.
Shri Biswajit Mishra, Sr.AEM, PPT on behalf of PPT and Dr. S.K. Kar, Sr. Regional Director, RoH & FW, Govt. of India on behalf of Ministry of H&FW, Govt. of India signed the MoU for the establishment of the PHU, in presence of Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital and other HoDs of PPT. This partnership is a part of obligation of India under International Health Regulation 2005 (IHR-2005).
Describing it to be a historic day, Shri Rinkesh Roy. Chairman, PPT said, “The PHU will be responsible for the health and sanitation in the ships coming to Paradip, food safety, health & hygiene in Paradip, apart from many more functions. He has been chasing it up with the Ministry for the last four years, since all the other Major Ports have this kind of facility.”
Breaking the news about another achievement in terms of Cargo handling, Shri Roy said that, PPT today crossed 99 MMT mark in this fiscal and within next three days it will cross the coveted 100 MMT mark and thus by making a hatrick in three consecutive fiscals.
The 36th Annual Flower Show was organized by E&CM Division of Paradip Port Trust near Trade Center II on 07.02.2020. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated the Flower Show in the morning. Participants exhibited spectacular collections of flowers, vegetables and plants in 40 different categories such as flowers, classified ornamental plants in cut and pot arrangements, bonsai, vegetables. The myriad hues and scent of flowers at this flower show was mesmerizing. In a glittering function held in the evening at Officers' Club, Chairman, PPT, Shri Asish Kumar Bose, Deputy Chairman, PPT, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies' Club and other HODs awarded prizes to the winners in different categories.
In a significant development, 200 acres of land was allotted by Paradip Port Trust( PPT) to Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) on long term lease to set up NRL’s Crude Oil terminal in Paradip. This facility will enable NRL to import Crude Oil at Paradip port to meet its requirement post Refinery Expansion from 3 to 9 MMTPA.
An MoM was signed to this effect today in Bhubaneswar between Dy. Secretary PPT - Mr. K Trirumoolar and Sr CGM (Projects) NRL - Mr. A P Chakraborty in presence of Chairman PPT - Mr. Rinkesh Roy, MD NRL - Mr S K Barua and senior officials from both the organizations. An amount of Rs. 20 Crore was handed over by NRL to PPT as initial deposit for the land.
NRL has embarked on a major Refinery Expansion project to treble its capacity from existing 3 MMTPA to 9 MMTPA at a project cost of more than Rs. 22,000 Crore, the highest ever investment in the North East of India. Formal approval from Government of India for this project was received in January 2019.
Shri Asish Kumar Bose assumed charge as Dy. Chairman, PPT today. Before this he was working as Traffic Manager, Mumbai Port Trust with effect from 7th July 2016. Shri Bose, prior to joining Mumbai Port, had held the post of Chief Manager (Traffic), JNPT from 18.12.2013 and before this, he was Traffic Manager, Mormugao Port Trust.
Shri Bose is a post graduate in Science from Patna University. He joined the Port Sector as a Management Trainee at Kolkata Port Trust on 1st January 1986. Thereafter, he joined Haldia Dock Complex under Kolkata Port Trust as Traffic Officer w.e.f. 1st January 1987 and worked there in various capacities. He has wide experience in Port Railway operations, handling of bulk cargo and containers, etc.
*School Friends foundation*, in line with its motto - "Celebrate the Joy of Giving with a smile ", joined hands the Management team of "Jagruty" - a special education centre for mentally, physically & hearing impaired children, in reaching out to children with special needs.
"Jagruty" a school for special children, located in Nuabazar, Paradip has been instrumental in providing great care and compassionate service to the differently abled children, since the last 22 years as a registered institution.
Presently, there are 35 students being looked after by "Jagruty ". Shri Subrata Biswas, Genetal Secretary on behalf of School Friends Foundation handed over 04 nos of mechanised wheel chairs to the administration team of Jagruty school in a formal ceremony at the school on 5/2/2020. The wheel chairs will not only ease but also greatly enhance the mobility of the differently abled students.
Shri Biswas also interacted with the teaching staff and students to better understand their needs and to explore ways for further cooperation.
The Management team of "Jagruty" school led by Smt Subhalaxmi Roy (President), Smt Nalini Mohanty (principal), Smt Preeti Parija, Smt Savita Panda, Munu Madam, Smt Smita Rath ,teachers and students, appreciated the support provided by School Friends Foundation and have decided to partner in future activities, benefiting the special children.
PPT Authority has been monitoring the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation and put various measures in place to prevent any possible outbreak. The World Health Organisation has already declared it to be Public Health Emergency of International concern. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, while addressing the media here said that GoI has already suspended e-visa for China. Being a cargo handling port, no passengers alight here. But, preventive measures are already in place to stop any possible outbreak. Cargo handling in the Port is going on smoothly and there is no restriction for cargo movement.
Thermal scanners have been installed at Gate No. 4 and an isolation ward has been made functional at PPT Hospital. As of today, 16 ships have berthed and 20 ships are in the anchorage. There is only one ship, in which, 2 crew members have visited China 15th January, 2020, afterwards. In next few days, it will berth. Crew reports are being taken on daily basis from the ship and no symptoms have been reported, yet. On arrival at berth, CMO, PPT and a team will visit and scan the crew and after their green signal only, cargo operations will start in the ship. PPT Pilots going to these ships have been provided personal safety gears.
On arrival, Masters of all the vessels are to provide health declarations on corona virus infection, having symptoms of cold, sneezing and fever. Shore leaving is not permissible to the crew of vessels having last Port of Call to China, Macau and Hong Kong, after 15th January, 2020 in line with Govt. of India Advisory. Daily update of health status of crew has been mandatory for all the vessels, until their stay in Paradip water. Relevant meeting and updates are being given by the PPT Authority for all its stakeholders.
Denizens of Paradip are being made aware about the symptoms and preventive measures, through messages displayed in big electronic boards in the township.
Paradip Port Invitational Golf Tournament 2020, being held at Paradip Golf Course by Paradip Port Sports Council, concluded today. Women golfer Smt. Ambika Sutar of Paradip Golf Club emerged champion in the women category. In the Men category, Shri Pawan Singh Marwa of Gulmori Golf Club, Tata, became the champion. In handicap (13 - 18) and (19 - 24) categories, Shri Harihar Dash and Shri Deepak Sarangi of Paradip Golf Club have become the winners, respectively. In children putting, Master Rayan Richard became the champion.
Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT and Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies' Club gave away the prizes.
Capt. Atulya Kumar Mohapatra, President, Paradip Golf Club and Shri Babul Sikdar, Working President, conducted the tournament smoothly.
Republic Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority with a great ardour. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag and took salute from 42 platoons consisting of CISF Jawans, students of Paradip College, different schools of Paradip Township and employees of PPT retiring this year.
Addressing the gathering, he said that, in the last few years, Paradip Port Trust has chartered out a path of progress in all spheres of activities, unprecedented in its history. Traffic handled has grown from 71 MTPA in FY-2014-15 to approximately 110 MTPA in 2018-19. Even in the current year, despite operating with 02 lesser berths on account of mechanization projects, the Port is poised to achieve 115 MTPA. In fact, Paradip Port is the only Port in the country where rates have been static since the last 05 years. The Port in the last few years has become debt free as well as liability free.
The Port has commissioned the South Oil Jetty and the Multi-purpose Clean Cargo Berth in the last few years. In the coming fiscal, it will commission the New Import Coal Cargo Berth, The New Export Iorn Ore Berth an the mechanisation of EQ1, 2 & 3. Along-with this, the Port Management has introduced systemic improvements, which have lead to greater transparency. The Port has also undertaken substantial efforts in improving the environment. Commissioning of State of the Art Sewerage Treatment Plants, Modern effluent Plant in the Hospital, Concrete roads, beautification of township area, etc have given a great fillip to protect the environment. The Port has also undertaken a plantation drive of One Lakh trees through OFDC. The Port is installing a 10 MLD desalination plant to provide clean and safe drinking water to the Township.
As a part of its welfare activities, the Port has taken up major dredging works of opening of the Mahanadi River Mouth which will benefit over 50,000 fishermen families of Paradip area. Improvement in road approach to fishery harbor along-with lighting has also significantly improved the working conditions for fishermen.
The havoc unleashed by Cyclone Fani and Bulbul was repealed in the speediest manner. Announcing steps to make the PPT township disaster resilient, he inaugurated Generator Sets, which will provide 24x7 water and electricity to the citizens.
Paradip Port Trust also contributed its might in generating employment apart from its usual realm of activities. Keeping that in view, PPT has been sponsoring 120 students in each year for 6 months training through CIPET Bhubaneswar with an approximate yearly expenditure of 72 Lakhs. A record number of 109 Diploma/ ITI students have been given training by the Port in the last year.
For movement of passenger traffic in a safe and clean environment, Port is in the process of constructing the Second Road Over Bridge and additional two lane road along-side National Highway from Atharbanki to Do-chhaki. Also PPT is exploring the feasibility of a separate road from Bhutmundai to Atharbanki for truck movement. These infrastructures will meet the requirement of all inhabitants of Port town and adjoining area for the next 20-30 years.
Thereafter, Shri Roy awarded prizes to the winners of different competitions held for the occasion. He also felicitated the officers and employees of the E&M, Medical, Engineering Departments for their exemplary works. Eco-friendly cotton bags under the aegis of Paradip Sakshyrata Samiti were launched on the occasion by Chairman, PPT.
A Poet’s Meet was also organised at Officer’s Club, followed by an exhibition Women’s Volley Ball match in the afternoon at Gopabandhu Stadium. In the evening, Inter-School Dance competitions on Patriotic theme were held among school children at Jaydev Sadan.
The 42nd All India and 30th Children Athletics Meet jointly organised by Major Ports Sports Control Board and Paradip Port Sports Council concluded at Gopabandhu Stadium last evening. The host Paradip Port Trust has emerged as Overall Champion and Mumbai Port Trust has emerged as Overall Runners Up. Shri Dinesh Kumar Swain of PPT has become individual Champion in Under-14 Boys category and Miss Shruti Mohapatra of PPT has emerged as individual champion in Under-16 Girls category. In the 4 days sports extravaganza, 250 men, women, children and veteran athletes from 8 Major Ports were vying for the top honours in 125 events.
Shri S.D. Bhanot, DIG, Coast Guard attended the valedictory function as Chief Guest and gave away the prizes. He appealed to the athletes to continue their sportsman spirit and bring more laurels at the national and international levels. Shri Bishnu Charan Mishra, Addl. SP, Shri Molay Dasgupta, Chief Engineer, PPT, Shri Ashok Kumar Sahu, Sr. Dy. CAO, Capt. A.C. Sahu, Harbour Master, were the Guests of Honour. Shri Ranjan Rashmi Beura, Secretary, PPT Sports Council compered the event and Shri Rabi Das, Adviser, Sports extended the vote of thanks. The Meet came to an end with a splendid Fire Crackers Show.
Senior officials and employees from PPT and sports enthusiasts form the port township were present in large numbers.
A four-day 42nd All India Major Ports Athletics Meet and 30th Children Athletics meet jointly organised by the Major Ports Sports Control Board and the Paradip Port Sports Council kicked off here today at Gopabandhu Stadium.
PPT Chairman, Shri Rinkesh Roy was Chief Guest and Paradip Ladies Club President, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy was Guest of Honour on the occasion.
Taking the salute in the march past by participants, Shri Roy said that, it is important to oganise such events, as these ensure a feeling of good camaraderie and brotherhood among Major Ports. Identity of an organisation comes from such type of arrangements, as they keep one's flag flying high. It encourages true sportsman spirit.
Secretary of organising committee, Shri B. Sikdar gave the welcome speech. Vice-chairman of organising committee Shri Deepak Rath and Chairman of organising committee, Shri S.K. Mishra also spoke on the occasion. PPT Sports Council Secretary Shri Ranjan Rashmi Beura and Advisor, Shri Rabi Das conducted the programme. On the occasion, students of Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir sang the opening chorus and artistes from Sagarika Kala Niketan and Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir performed cultural programme. Around 250 participants from 8 Major Ports are participating in 125 events in the sports extravaganza.
Visiting Paradip Port today, Chief Secretary, Shri Asit Tripathy emphasized on role of Paradip Port in the economic development of the State. He said, “Investment to the tune of Rs. 7,000 Crore in the ongoing projects will lead to the economic development of the State.”
He visited the state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Plant. The construction of the Plant is now at pre-commissioning stage. The Chief Secretary appreciated the commitment of the Port Authority and working culture among PPT employees under the leadership of Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT.
Earlier, Chief Secretary was given a warm welcome on his arrival at the Wet Basin by Chairman, PPT. Thereafter, he visited the state-of-the-art Dry Fog System installed at the Mechanised Coal Handling Plant. Thereafter, he inaugurated planting of 1 lakh plant sapling and beautification of the township entry. In the evening, Shri Tripathy reviewed the activities of Paradip Port in a high level meeting, wherein Chairman, PPT Shri Roy outlined the issues and presented the updates for discussion.
The 17th Paradip Marathon 2020 was conducted by the Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad of Paradip Port Trust on 3rd January 2020 on the occasion of Port Foundation Day. Shri Rinkesh Roy, IRTS, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust flagged off the same at the Hanuman Temple square. The Marathon covered a route of 14 Kms and concluded at Gopabandhu Stadium amid great encouragement by the inhabitants of Port Township and members of other organizations. A total no. of 678 participants comprising of 593 male & 85 female competitors participated in the Marathon.
Shri Sudhanu Nayak of Odisha Police won the first prize in the men category by completing the distance in 45 minutes 16.5 seconds, Shri Budra Bisi Nayak of Odisha Police got the second prize (45 minutes 20 seconds) and Shri Mukund Banra of Jharkhand got the third prize (45 minutes 28.9 seconds) in the men category.
In the women category, Ms. Itishree Mohanta of Mayurbhanj won the first prize (57 minutes 53.9 seconds), Ms. Sandhya Murmu of Mayurbhanj got the second prize (58 minutes 3.9 seconds) and Ms. Sakro Besra of Jharkhand got the third prize (58 minutes 52.3 seconds).
Attending as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, Guests of Honour, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President Paradip Ladies Club & Shri S.D.Bhanot, DIG Coast Guard and Heads of the Deptt. of PPT gave away the cash prizes at the valedictory function held at Gopabandhu Stadium. International athlete Ms. Jauna Murmu was also felicitated on the occasion. She advised the athletes to toil hard to achieve success and solicited goodwill of denizens of Paradip for her success in upcoming Olympics. Chief Guest on the occasion, Shri Rinkesh Roy, lauded the members of Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad for ensuring participants from almost all the districts of the State. He called for a focused approach for development of athletes from the nearby localities like Kujang, Rahama and Tirtol. He also urged everyone to participate in Fit India campaign.
The Officials and Technical members of the Paradip Port Sports Council with the assistance of the officials of Odisha Olympic Association conducted the Marathon smoothly.
The Paradip Marathon 2020 will be flagged off by the Chief Guest Shri Asit Tripathy, IAS, Chief Secretary, Odisha along with the guests of honour Sri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT & Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club at 08.00 AM on 3rd January 2020 at the Hanuman Temple near Gate No.5. It will conclude at Gopabandhu Stadium passing through the designated route covering a distance of 14 Kms. The route will be identified, marked and the route chart will be provided to all the participants. The participants must be above 18 years & below 40 years of age as on 31.12.2019 and have to submit fitness certificate from a Govt. Medical officer or PPT medical officer. A panel of doctors from Port Trust will also be made available to check the fitness of participants, in case of necessity
All men participants have to deposit an entry fee of Rs.50/- per head and Rs.30/- for women participants. The participants will be supplied with a set of Banion & Short and chest nos. in duplicate. All outstation participants will be provided with unfurnished accommodation and dinner i.e. on 02.01.2020. On the Marathon day, breakfast will be provided to all participants after the Marathon, at Gopabandhu Stadium.
The application along with medical fitness certificate, undertaking, photocopy of voter ID/Aadhar Card & Age proof certificate and entry fee in cash will be received at the time of registration. Registration of participants will be made on 1st January 2020 & 2nd January 2020 at Gopabandhu Stadium as detailed below.
01-01-2020 - Local participants under Paradip Municipality area -10.00 AM to 04.00 PM. (Lunch Break from 1.30 PM to 2.30 PM)
01.01.2020 & 02.01.2020 - Outstation participants -10.00 AM to 04.00 PM. (Lunch Break from 1.30 PM to 2.30 PM).
Registration would continue until registration of 600 men participants and 100 women participants or till 4 PM whichever is earlier.
N.B. No entry will be made in the registration as well as attendance after the scheduled time.
As part of CSR initiatives, Dredging Corporation of India Ltd. has distributed school bags among the local school children. Shri Rinkesh Roy, CMD, DCI and Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club gave away 630 nos. of School Bags to the students of NAC Govt High School and NAC Girls High School, Paradip. Shri K Srinivas Rao, Project Manager of DCI Project Office, Paradip co-ordinated the programme.
The much awaited fun filled “Annual Fete” under the aegis of Paradip Ladies Club was held on the evening of 11th December 2019 at Officers’ Club, PPT. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated the event. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club, Smt. Sabita Panda, Working President and Smt. Kalpana Sahu, Secretary were also present on the occasion. Members of Ladies Club had put up various food stalls with variety of culinary delights to appease varying tastes. The proceeds from the sale of the coupons shall go towards philanthropic activities in the locality. All the stalls were very colourfully decorated. There was a very good footfall at the fete from PPT fraternity as well as denizens of Paradip.
Paradip Port Trust organised an event at the local Jagruty School on the occasion of International Day of Persons With Disabilities. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT saluted the spirit of determination of the school children and mentioned that PPT would take necessary steps within its ambit for the all-round development of the school. He also emphasized on on society to come forth for helping these schools, apart from govt. grants. Shri Roy, stressed on making office buildings of PPT more accessible for Dibyangas. Guest of Honour Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club lauded the two alumnus of the school, who have got gainful employment after passing out. Thereafter, Chairman, PPT gave away prizes to winners of different competitions held among school children of Jagruty. He distributed gifts to the differently-abled employees of Paradip Port Trust as well as Children of Jagruty. Paradip Ladies Club led the donations followed by Port Users, HODs and other eminent persons from the locality towards development of Jagruty. School faculties were also felicitated on the occasion.
Shri Prasant Kumar Moharana, Sr. Accounts officer, PPT as well as Secretary, Jagruty presented the Annual report of Jagruty. The differently abled children of Jagruty presented Cultural activities under the able guidance of Smt. Nalini Mohanty, Principal of Jagruty. Shri NK Patnaik, Sr. Welfare Officer, PPT compered the programme and Shri Rama Chandra Pradhan, Jr. Welfare Officer, PPT extended vote of thanks.
Like every year, today, on the 1st of December, Paradip Port Trust organised World AIDS day. In the morning, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust flagged off an awareness rally, in the presence of the Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club & other HoDs. Employees & officers of PPT, workers, trade unions, CISF, School Children, NGOs like IRDMS, CASD & Paradip Sakshyarata Samiti, workers & executives of Chennai Radha Engineering Works, and general public participated in the rally.
A seminar was held after the culmination of the rally at Officers' Club. Addressing the gathering, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT highlighted the salient features of the Workplace Policy of Paradip Port Trust on HIV/AIDS, like non-discrimination & no-stigmatization of people leaving with HIV (PLHIV). Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT released awareness leaflets on non-discrimination policy of the Port Trust. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club distributed prizes to the winners of different competitions held among local school children on the HIV/AIDS. Chairman, PPT, in his speech, praised the role of the NGOs on prevention of the disease and highlighted the role of Pharmaceutical Firms of India in manufacturing and supply of the combination drugs (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) worldwide for the treatment of AIDS. Guest of Honour Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, PPT highlighted the significance of prevention of the spread of the disease on war footing basis.
An appeal was made to all the stakeholders as well as the media to work towards achieving the 90–90–90 targets, envisioned by the UNAIDS by ending stigmatization of people living with HIV. The 90–90–90 targets envisions that, by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV positive status will be accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment will have suppressed viral loads. In terms of all people living with HIV, reaching the 90–90–90 targets means that 81% of all people living with HIV are on treatment and 73% of all people living with HIV are virally suppressed. The combined efforts on prevention and early diagnosis of AIDS will be a milestone in ending AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Er. Deepak Rath, Dy. CME , PPT gave the welcome speech and Shri Ramachandra Pradhan, Secretary, PSS offered the vote of thanks. Shri Ashok Mohapatra of PSS co-ordinated the programme.
The much awaited Port Users’ Meet 2019 was held, this evening, at the Officers’ Club of PPT. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy , Chairman, PPT said that the entire efforts of Port users and the entire ecosystem put in place have delivered more than 100 MMT cargo handling for the last two years and this year, it will definitely cross 110 MMT mark. The Port has been focusing on Safety, Efficiency and Environment. This will definitely make it leading Port in India in coming year. With motivated team of employees and energised team of Port Users, it will rewrite success saga in years to come. Like previous years, Shri Roy, presented awards to the best performing Exporters, Importers, Stevedores and Shipping/Steamer Agents for their exemplary performances. The list of 3 best performers in respect of different segments as follows:
Name of the Firm
Qty Handled (In MMT)
Tamilnadu Generation & Distribution Corporation Limited
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Essar Steel India Ltd.
IOCL Pipeline Division
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited
Bhusan Steel Limited (presently TATA Steel BSL )
Orissa Stevedores Limited
Ripley & Co. Stevedoring & Handling Pvt. Ltd.
ACE Commercial Co.Pvt. Ltd.
Vessels Handled (In Nos.)
Everett India Pvt. Ltd.
J.M.Baxi & Co
Seatrans Shipmanagment Services
Shri S.K. Mishra, T.M, PPT gave the Welcome speech and Shri A.K. Sahoo, DTM offered the vote of thanks. HoDs of PPT, Senior Officer and Port Users participated in a cultural evening, which followed the award distribution ceremony.
The curtain came down on the 68th Senior Inter District Volleyball Championship-2019 being held at Gopabandhu Stadium, Paradip by the Sports Council of Paradip Port Trust under the auspices of Odisha Volleyball Association from 23rd to 26th November -2019. ECOR emerged winner in the men category, whereas, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, became the champion in the women category. Bhubaneswar and ECOR teams have been Runners Up teams in Men & Women categories, respectively. Ms. Sivani Priyadarsini from KIIT University was adjudged Best All-rounder, Sushri Sangeeta Jena of Cuttack was Best Setter and Ms. Vala Chetna of ECOR bagged Best Attacker award. In Men section, Shri M. Vighneswaran of ECOR was adjudged Best All-rounder, Shri Subhranshu Ojha of Bhubaneswar was Best Setter and Shri Pratyush Kumar Nanda of Odisha Police bagged Best Attacker award.
Gracing the concluding ceremony as Chief Guest, last evening, Shri Sangram Keshari Mohapatra, Collector, Jagatsinghpur gave away the prizes. He hoped that the games would strengthen sportsman spirit among participants. He announced about an Indoor Stadium with all the modern amenities to come up at Jagatsinghpur with an estimated expenditure of Rs. 1 Cr. 84 Lakh. Dr. Kanhu Charan Dhir, ADM, Paradip, Shri Basant Biswal, Chairman, Paradip Municipality, Shri Dillip Mohanty, Executive Officer, Paradip Municipality, Shri S.K. Mishra, Traffic Manager, PPT, Shri Subodh Routray, President, Odisha Volleyball Association, Shri Sanjaya Das Working Presient, Dr. Gaganendu Dash, Honorary General Secretary, Odisha Volleyball Association, Shri Babul Sikdar, Working President, Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad (GKS), and other officials of Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad were also present on the occasion. Shri Ranjan Rashmi Beura, Secretary, GKS compered the programme and Shri Rabi Das, Advisor Sports of GKS offered the vote of thanks.
46 Nos. of Team (32 Men & 14Women) of different districts of Odisha took part in this Championship. A record total of 110 matches were played in this short span of four days.
Constitution Day or Samvidhan divas, is observed on 26th November across the country to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949. It came into force on 26th January, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of Indian Republic. To mark the solemn occasion, Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, Paradip Port Trust read out the Preamble to the Constitution in presence of HODs/Officers/Employees of PPT. The officials / employees present also took a pledge to uphold the values enshrined in the Constitution.
The Sports Council of Paradip Port Trust is organising the 68th Senior Inter District Volleyball (Men & Women) Championship-2019 under the auspices of Odisha Volleyball Association at Gopabandhu Stadium, Paradip from 23rd to 26th November -2019. Inagurating the event this morning Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT hoped that the games would strengthen players mentally and physically, and advised participants to show sportsmanship and take results positively. Welcoming the participants to India's foremost industrial zone, Shri Roy told them to enjoy the lust green environment, creek side development, hanging bridge and above all the hospitality extended by the Port Administration. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club, other HODs of PPT and officials of Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad were also present on the occasion.
46 Nos. of Team (32 Men & 14 Women) of different districts of Odisha are taking part in this Championship. The Match is being organised at Gopabandhu Stadium from 7 AM to 10 PM every day. The Closing ceremony will be held in the evening on 26.11.2019.
The Sports Council of Paradip Port Trust is organising the 68th Senior Inter District Volleyball (Men & Women) Championship-2019 under the auspices of Odisha Volleyball Association at Gopabandhu Stadium, Paradip from 23rd to 26th November -2019 about 50 Nos. of Team (Men & Women) of different district of Odisha will take part in this Championship. The Match will be organised at Gopabandhu Stadium from 7 AM to 10 PM every day. The inaugural ceremony will be held on 23.11.2019 at 9 AM and Closing ceremony on 26.11.2019 at 5 P.M.
It is requested to witness the matches and encourage to the players.
PARADIP LADIES CLUB has organised a screening-cum-awareness camp for Breast cancer and Cervical cancer on 18.11.2019. The camp was successfully organised by active participation of President, Paradip Ladies Club, Smt.Subhalaxmi Roy , Working President Smt. Sabita Panda , Secretary Smt. Kalpana Sahu and active participation of joint secretary , treasurer along with Sri Subrata Biswas , co-founder of SWASTH VOMI PRIVATE LIMITED. The healthy giene was the major attraction of the awareness programme.The healthy giene too travelled to the Saraswati sisu vidya Mandira, Port Trust High school , 'V' point KG School , NAC Govt High School and Jagruti school to educate and create awareness among the children and teachers about balance diet, good healthy habits and why we should avoid junk food.
At present, 463 million adults are living with diabetes worldwide. Current projections show 700 million adults will be living with diabetes by 2045. Diabetes affects all age groups, regardless of geography and income. It is impacting families worldwide. A healthy lifestyle can help prevent type 2 diabetes and early diagnosis and uninterrupted access to appropriate care can avoid or delay life-threatening complications in people with the condition.
On this occasion, eminent consultants of Corporate Hospitals of Bhubaneswar conducted clinics for the screening of diabetes & its complications with the help of blood sugar test, tests for Retinopathy and Neuropathy; and provided required advice. People were screened for High Blood Pressure. ECG test was conducted to know the heart ailments. Exhibition to create awareness on diet suitable to diabetics changing the dietary habits was held. A clinic on Rheumatic diseases was also conducted. Besides this, a seminar was conducted for doctors and medical staff. Many Pharmaceutical Firms and PICTPL got associated with PPT Hospital in conducting the events.
Dr. Durga Prasad Sethy, Dy. CMO and Dr. L.Padhuria, Sr. Medical Officer co-ordinated all the events with help from all the staff of the PPT Hospital and Electrical & Mechanical Department of PPT. A total 270 numbers of people were screened on the occasion, out of which, 19 new cases of Diabetes & 15 new cases of Hypertension were detected. The Paradip Port Trust is conducting such types of community awareness programs regularly as welfare measures. It goes without saying that the Port Trust does not only interested in business, but also takes care of the health of public, apart from its own beneficiaries.
The Port Day was observed on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima by the Paradip Port Trust Authorities on 12-11-2019 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 in the morning. He performed the traditional Kalas Puja & handed over the sacred Kalas to the Sadhavas who set sail on board a traditionally decorated boat. He also inspected the Port Marine crafts lined up in the Harbour and took salute. Thereafter Dy. Conservator, Paradip Port Capt. A.K. Mohapatra welcomed the guests in the meeting and explained the importance of Port Day celebration.
Extending his greetings to the gathering on the auspicious occasion of Kartika Purnima, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust outlined the tremendous rise of the Port in recent decades. As the Port operations began in 1966, the annual cargo handling capacity rose to 10 MMT in 1995, which further rose to 50 MMT in 2010 and in FY 2017-18, it crossed the coveted 100 MMT mark and is now aspiring to be the No. 1 Port in India. It is now following a transformational agenda with the advance technology adoption for its future growth. More than 12 Kms concrete road and 3 state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Pants are on the anvil. In the last few years, 90 MMT capacity addition has been done, out of which Rs. 4,500 Cr. is nearing completion. Desalination plant, Multi-modal logistics park, introduction of bus services for employees and workers in the Port prohibited area, construction of gated colony and insurance for workers have been recently done. As part of environmental measures, road sweeping machine, net barrier, one of its kind dry fog dust suppression system, roof top solar plant have been implemented. PPT will soon launch “Operation Green” under which 50,000 saplings will be planted in the locality. Shri Roy told that under community development programme, under the aegis of Paradip Sakshyarata Samity, e-learning through computer classes is being promoted in the locality. Sanitary pads for adolescent girls, zero plastic campaigns are underway. PPT Hospital has conducted free cataract operations of 250 BPL people. Under Smart Industrial Port City project, 2nd Exit-cum-Fly over and another bridge, adjacent to Atharbanki Bridge are in the pipeline. For their dedicated service in their respective fields and their attachments to the Port, Shri Kulamani Barik, Conch Player, Shri Anand Chandra Sethi, garden supervisor, Smt. Sukanti Lenka, for her service to differently abled chidren, Smt. Binapani Das, safai karamchari at PPT Hospital, Shri Smrutikant Sharma, Dance Teacher were felicitated on the occasion. Dr. P. Panda, who attended the function as Guest of Honour, threw light on glorious maritime tradition of Odisha. Shri Saroj Das, CME, Paradip Port Trust extended vote of thanks.
The Paradip Port Trust observed “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” (National Unity Day) on 31.10.2019 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT and Heads of Departments offered floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Shri Roy administered “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge” to the employees, CISF personnel and people from various walks of life, at the Gopabandhu Stadium. Thereafter, he flagged off the “Run for Unity” comprising PPT employees, CISF Unit and people from the township. A “Walkathon” comprising volunteers of Paradip Sakshyrata Samiti was also held. The participants went around the township spreading the message of “National Unity” and to reaffirm the idea of a strong, united and resilient India.
In the afternoon, a March-past consisting of the contingents from CISF Unit, PPT, Paradip Port High School Naval NCC, Paradip College Naval NCC and students from Odisha Maritime Academy and was held commemorating the solemn occasion. The Chairman, PPT was the Chief Guest.
As per the directions from Central Vigilance Commission, Paradip Port Trust is observing Vigilance Awareness Week from 28th Oct 2019 to 2nd Nov. 2019. The week long function started with administering pledge by Dr P. Panda, CMO, PPT to the employees of PPT on 28.10.2019 at 11.00 AM. A spot quiz contest was held among employees.
Various competitions like Essay, Painting, Elocution and Quiz competitions among the PPT Employees, local school students and other activities relating to Vigilance Awareness are scheduled during this week long observance. PPT Employees are also taking Integrity - e-pledge through PPT Website and website of CVC. Each Department of PPT is also conducting a stakeholders meet during the week, for awareness on corruption issues relating to the functioning of their particular Departments.
Several Hoardings have been displayed in the locality for creating awareness among the public. The valedictory function will be held on 2nd November 2019, wherein the prizes will be distributed.
After assuming the charge as Minister of State for Shipping,(I/C),the Hon’ble Union Minister, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya made his first official visit to Paradip Port Trust as part of regular review on 16th October 2019. He was extended very warm welcome by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT and other HoDs at Jawahar Guest House. On 17th morning, he was given Guard of Honour by the CISF, PPT contingent at Jawahar Guest House. Thereafter, he visited the Port and saw the operations in the Dock area. Shri Mandaviya, also inaugurated the “New Kalyan Mandap” of PPT. He participated in plantation drive and distributed eco-friendly cotton bags to the public from nearby location. He also participated in a Cycle Rally, organised by PPT, to spread the message of “Swachhta hi Sewa” and “Fit India”. He said that he always goes to Parliament, cycling all the way from Official residence, when the House is in session. The Hon’ble Minister had an interactive session with Port-users & stake-holders, where he emphasized on augmenting the coastal shipping. He also reviewed progress with officials of IDCO, IOCL, on Paradip Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR). During the review of progress of PCPIR, he stressed on collaborative approach for faster development to bring overall development of the area.
The Hon’ble Minister reviewed the functioning of the Port and a detailed presentation was also made by Chairman, PPT, which was attended by all HoDs. Shri Mandaviya hopes a bright future for PPT.
Observance of Swachhta Pakhwada concluded at Paradip Port today on 01.10.2019 with a valedictory function at Jaydev Sadan. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT gracing the occasion as Chief Guest said that cleanliness drive in the locality in the last few years has resulted in beautification of the Port landscape and brought the Port in the tourism map of the state. A new Road sweeping machine will be soon deployed for cleaning the roads. The recent trial run of two new Sewage Treatment Plants will go a long way for a clean and green environment. A new Desalination plant is also planned to provide clean and safe drinking water in the Port-township. He also sought suggestions for erection of a statue in the Sub-station square.
Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, PPT in his inaugural address, briefed on the swachhta activities conducted during the last fortnight at PPT. A visual presentation on cleanliness drive conducted by the Port during the last fortnight, in association with Paradip Municipality and Paradip Sakshyarata Samity Members was shown.
Shri Basant Biswal, Chairman, Paradip Municipality was felicitated for his co-operation and active participation in the Swachhta Pakhwada by Chairman, PPT. The employees of different departments and members of Paradip Sakshyrata Samity were also awarded. Awards were also presented to the representatives of Local Schools and Shops, for maintaining cleanliness in their work areas. A street play named “Ebe Nuhen Ta Kebe Nuhen” on Swachhta Awareness was staged by a local cultural organisation CANMASS.
Keeping in mind the long felt need of the locality, Test Trail Runs of two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) of total approximately 4.5 Million Litres daily capacity were started in Paradip Trust by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT. These two STPs are stat-of-the-art facilities and have been constructed at a cost of approximately Rs. 22 Cr. The key highlights of these STPs are conversion of sewage water into manure and water that can be used for gardening and sprinkling activities. These much awaited STPs have been constructed with the technical assistance from M/s. Richardson & Cruddas (1972) Ltd., Mumbai.
This is the first phase of the integrated sanitation project which aims at improving overall sanitation through discharge of waste water after proper treatment. These two plants will become fully operational in December, 2019.
The World Heart Day was observed at PPT Hospital today on 29.09.2019. On this occasion, a walkathon was organised to create awareness about heart related problems among the denizens of the Port township. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, flagged off a walkathon in which the doctors, paramedical staffs of the PPT Hospital along with HoDs of the PPT, CISF personnel and general public participated with much enthusiasm.
Free Heart Check Up was also conducted in association with eminent Cardiologist from CARE, AMRI & Sunshine Hospitals, Bhubaneswar. Dr. Durga Prasad Sethy, Dy. Chief Medical Officer & Dr. L Padhuria, Sr Medical Officer of PPT Hospital co-ordinated the event under the guidance of Dr. Prahlad Panda, Chief Medical Officer, PPT. A total number of 176 people attended, out of which 17 new cases of Diabetes and Coronary Artery disease were detected. Coinciding with Swachhta Pakhwada observation, plantation of fruit bearing saplings was conducted by Chairman, PP along with other dignitaries present on the occasion.
To do away with polythene bags in our day-to-day life and promote alternate green bags, PPT today distributed Eco-friendly Cotton bags at local Badapadia markets. As part of on-going “Swachhta Hi Seva & Swachhta Pakhwada” observation at PPT, volunteers of Paradip Sakshyarata Samity distributed these Eco-friendly Cotton bags to customers in the market area. This will not only ensure a healthy life for localities, but also contribute to minimise the environmental hazard.
Coinciding with “Swachhta Hi Sewa” and “Swachhta Pakhwada” observations at PPT, distribution of study materials among the school children was conducted at Port Trust High School. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club gave away Shool Bags and other study materials to the students. Shri Deepak Kumar Rath, Dy.CME, PPT along with volunteers of Paradip Sakshyarata Samity co-ordinated the event. More than 600 School Bags will be distributed among all the School children. The P.R Wing of PPT conducted a Swachhta Workshop at the school. Students were shown a Film on Swachhta awareness along with a special stress on Plastic waste management.
As a part of ongoing “Swachhta Hi Sewa” & “Swachhta Pakhwada” observations, a renovated bus stop at Substation square was inaugurated last evening by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT. Shri K Ramachandra Rao, Chief Engineer, Shri S.K. Sahu, FA & CAO and other senior officials of PPT were also present on the occasion. En-route from PPT township, other than Paradip Bus stand, this bus stop acts as a major shelter point for passengers. For the benefits of them, PPT has also made sitting arrangements & provided lighting and ceiling fans. PPT is planning for construction of another 3 such type of bus stops in the near future.
As a part of ongoing “Swachhta Hi Sewa” & “Swachhta Pakhwada” observations, a “Swachhata Rath” was flagged off by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT from the Administrative Building premises, in the presence of officers and employees to create awareness about cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in the locality.
The Rath will move around the Port township for 5 days to spread the awareness about Swachhata and plastic waste management. “Swachhta Rath” aims at creating awareness among the denizens of Paradip about the need of cleanliness, sanitation and motivate them to ban the single use plastic in their day-to-day life.
The PPT began the observance of “Swachhta Pakhwada” from 16th September to 30th September 2019, as per instructions from the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India. It started with an awareness rally on Swachhta and plastic waste management, which was flagged off from PPT Administrative Building by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT. HODs and other senior officers of PPT were present on the occasion. Lady volunteers of Paradip Sakshyrata Samiti went around local market area and convinced the shop-keepers and vendors to stop the use of single use plastic or polythene. A Street Play –“Chakulia Panda” was performed by local cultural organisation – CANMASS, in the locality to make the denizens aware about the plastic menace.
The PPT has already drawn up a detailed Action plan for the period, as part of Swachhta Pakhwada viz., awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT and local community, cleaning activities in colonies and sites, organisation of swachhta awareness workshop in local schools, cleanliness drive in local slums, display of swachhta awareness hoardings and digital display at important locations in the township, with special emphasis on the theme “Plastic Waste Management”.
To ensure safety of employees and provide a clean means of transportation, PPT inaugurated today its first fleet of 4 buses to be run in collaboration with Odisha State Road Transport Corporation inside the prohibited area. PPT will bear all the expenses. Shri Saroj Kumar Das, Chief Mechanical Engineer, PPT flagged off the buses at Gate No. 4, early this morning in the presence of Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT and other HODs and senior officers. The buses will ply in the route from Gate No. 2, 4 & 5 on 24x7 basis. The Chairman, PPT told that two-wheelers, including bicycles will be completely stopped, inside prohibited area from 1st October. Other stevedores and port-users are also advised to use four-wheelers for transportation of their employees.
Thus, the Paradip Port has become the first Major Port to implement such a facility for the safety of its employees.
The PPT began the observance of “Swachhta Hi Sewa” from 11th September to 2nd October 2019, under the instructions of the Govt. of India. It started by taking “Swachhta Pledge” by all PPT officers and employees in the Lobby of Administrative Building. The Chairman, PPT, Shri Rinkesh Roy, administered the pledge.
The PPT has already drawn up Action plan for the period of 11th September to 2nd October, on the occasion of Swachhta Hi Sewa viz., awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT and local community, cleaning activities in colonies and sites, organisation of swachhta awareness workshop in local schools, cleanliness drive in local slums, display of swachhta awareness hoardings and digital display at important locations in the township, with special emphasis on Plastic Waste Management.
Independence Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority with a great passion. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag and took salute from 43 platoons consisting of CISF Jawans, students of Paradip College, Orissa Maritime Academy and different schools of Paradip Township.
Addressing the gathering, he said that Paradip Port has become the largest dry bulk handling Port and the largest Coal and Coastal Cargo Handling Port of the country. Consecutively, for the last 2 years, it has clocked more than 100 MMT cargo handling. Port has also made impressive strides in the realm of infrastructure, capacity addition, efficiency & technology. The New Iron Ore Berth is expected to be Operational by September’ 2019 and the New Coal Berth to handle import coal cargo is expected to be completed by April 2021. LPG Terminal of 0.75 MMTPA capacity at South Oil Jetty is being developed by IOCL with an estimated cost of Rs. 690 Crores. A State-of-the-Art Effluent Treatment Plant was commissioned at a cost of Rs.32 lakhs on 21st July, 2019 within the PPT Hospital premises for disposal of liquid waste. This adds another feather to the cap of PPT for its commitment towards prevention of pollution and biohazard in and around Paradip. 2 New Sewerage Treatment Plants will be commissioned in this fiscal, with a capacity of approximate 4.5 MLD and at a cost of Rs. 21.82 crores. The first State-of-the-Art 10 MLD (Million Litres per day) De-salination Plant in Odisha is going to be commissioned at Paradip Port. An MoU regarding consulting services was signed between PPT & NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai under Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India) on 15th July 2019. As per this, SWRO (Sea-water Reverse Osmosis) water will be available in PPT Township. This project will supplement the drinking water requirement during the summer season in the Port Township. This first of its kind drinking water venture in the state by PPT is a landmark project.
As a part of welfare measures, for rehabilitation and restoration efforts in areas affected by cyclone Fani, Paradip Port Trust has contributed a sum of Rs.5.00 crores to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on 4th June, 2019. As a part of development of Smart Industrial Port City, Paradip Port will segregate its cargo traffic from the passenger traffic, for which a second exit road-cum-fly over shall be implemented at a cost of Rs.106.00 crores. This will ensure safety in road movement and clean environment to the commuters. Another bridge shall also be constructed adjacent to the old ATBK Bridge for congestion free movement to the Fishery Harbour Road and the Port premises.
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. A modern air-conditioned conference hall will soon be opened for the benefit of inhabitants of Port township at a cost of Rs.3.00 crores.
Towards environmental measuers, a State-of-Art Technology - Dry Fog system has been commissioned at Mechanised Coal Handling Plant. 1665 nos of street lights have been replaced by LED lights. A proposal for installation of Auto sprinklers on main roads inside Port prohibited area is under consideration by MECON. Roof top solar plant has been installed of about 265 kwp.
Thereafter, Shri Roy awarded prizes to the winners of different competitions held for the occasion. He also felicitated the meritorious students of Port Township, who have passed out Class X exam this year, by securing highest marks in CBSE, ICSE, BSE Boards.
A Poet’s Meet was also organised at Officer’s Club followed by an exhibition football match in the afternoon at Gopabandhu Stadium. In the evening, Inter-School Dance competitions on Patriotic theme were held among school children at Jaydev Sadan.
Pursuant to directives from CISF HQRs. New Delhi, Van Mahostav 2019 was organised at CISF Family Quarters Complex, Paradip Port on 30th July, 2019. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT graced he occasion as Chief Guest and Shri Basant Biswal, Chairman, Paradip Municipality was the Guest of Honour. The programme was also attended by officials and employees of CISF & PPT. Under the guidance of Shri Madhabananda Biswal, Commandant, CISF Unit, PPT around 160 CISF personnel including their family members planted various fruit bearing saplings. This initiative will indeed go a long way in enriching local environment.
Paradip Ladies Club for inculcating the spirit of social activism among the denizens of Paradip today organized a Blood Donation Camp at its office premises. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated the event. Guest of Honour Shri A Kaushik, DIG, Coast Guard, Paradip, Shri Basant Kumar Biswal, Chairman, Paradip Municipality, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club, Smt. Kalpana Sahu, Secretary, Shri S.K. Sahu, FA & CAO, Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, PPT, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital, other HODs and ladies club members were also present. Apart from officers and employees of Paradip, Members of Paradip Banika Sangha, Students of Orissa Maritime Academy, NCC Cadets from Paradip College & Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad, overwhelming number of volunteers from Paradip Sakshyarata Samiti, CISF & Coast Guard Units of Paradip donated blood with vivacity. Assisted by the staffs from Red Cross Wing, Jagatsinghpur around 200 units of blood were collected.
The first State-of-the-Art 10 MLD (Million Litres per day) De-salination Plantin Odisha is going to be commissioned at Paradip Port. AnMoU regarding consulting services was signed between PPT & NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai under Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India) on 15th July 2019. The MoU was signed between Shri K Ramachandra Rao, Chief Engineer, PPT & Shri MV Ramana Murthy, Projet Director, NIOT. As per this, SWRO (Sea-water Reverse Osmosis) water will be available in PPT Township. Floating of Tender is likely in this year 2019. This project will supplement the drinking water during the summer season in the Port Township. This first of its kind drinking water venture in the state by PPT is a landmark project. The capital cost of the project is around Rs. 116 Cr.
Paradip Port Trust in association with the Indian Ports Association (IPA) organised a Road Show at Jaydev Sadan to create awareness about the 'Port Community System' (PCS). “PCS1X” is a cloud-based single user-friendly interface platform, which improves the ease of doing business and maritime trade.
Gracing the occasion as Guests of Honour, Shri Rajeev Puri, CAO, IPA, Shri S.K. Das, MMD Surveyor, Paradip, Shri S.K. Sahu, FA & CAO & Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, PPT stressed on the connecting all the Agencies related to the Maritime Sector on a single platform. This will promote ease of doing business by adopting world class trade facilitation practices, which will be transparent and cost-effective proposition. It is a “game-changer” for shipping operations, and is set to help reduce the high logistics costs in the country.
The IPA representatives at the event said that all the trading bodies across maritime sector will be able to come on board as the single platform connects all the stakeholders. Shri S.K. Mishra, TM, PPT presided over the programme and Shri A.K. Sahu, DTM co-ordinated the event. More than hundred fifty Steamer Agents, CHAs, Transporters, Importers & Exporters, Stevedores, MMD and other stakeholders participated in the Road Show.
International Yoga Day observed at PPT
The 5th International Day of Yoga was observed by Paradip Port Trust with joy & fervor on 21.06.2019. Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, PPT inaugurated the Yoga session at the Officers’ Club premises in the morning along with Shri S.K. Sahu, FA & CAO and other Officers & Employees of Paradip Port Trust, CISF personnel of PPT Unit and residents of the Port Township, who actively participated in large numbers in the programme. Yoga demonstrations were organized at two venues i.e. Officers’ Club and Gopabandhu Stadium.
Yoga Trainers from Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya conducted the programme at Officers’ Club and the trainer from Art of Living, Paradip, conducted Yoga programme at Gopabandhu Stadium.
Chairman of Paraip Port Trust Shri Rinkesh Roy met Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik and handed over a cheque of Rs. 5 crore for CM Relief Fund towards rehabilitation and restoration efforts in areas affected by cyclone Fani. PPT had engaged all resources to ensure cleaning of creeks & drains, functioning of cyclone shelters with provisions like light, fan, generator, overhead tank with water and drinking water facilities. Buses were deployed to evacuate around 8 thousand people from the vulnerable areas of nearby localities. A Control Room functioned at Gate No. 4 round the clock from 2nd to 4th May, 2019. PPT Hospital pressed a dedicated doctor team with an ambulance to provide necessary medical services to the affected. People in the cyclone shelters were provided with both dry and cooked food in Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner along with bottled drinking water. Public Utility services like electricity, roads, water supply were restored on 3rd May itself. Railway operations and shipping operations resumed on 4th May at 09.00 Hrs.
Paradip Port has added yet another feather to its cap by successfully completing movement of 30 vessels within 24 Hrs. beginning from 7.30 AM on 27th May, 2019 till 7.30 AM this morning. It includes 10 incoming vessels, 9 outgoing vessels, 3 shifting of vessels and 8 shipping support vessels. This kind of shipping movements is enormously contributing to enhance the cargo throughout of the Port. At present, 39 vessels are still awaiting at the anchorage to enter the harbour.
This record achievement could be possible due to responsive Harbour Master, Marine Pilots & Staff of PPT, able guidance of Capt. Atulya Kumar Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, PPT, shipping agents, exporters & importers and the co-operation extended by the Traffic Deptt. Previous record stood at 27 vessels handled by PPT in a period of 24 Hrs on 15th October 2018.
Paradip Port is now gearing up to enhance the Cargo throughput as it is vying for the coveted top position in the Country with a slew of other infrastructure and modernisation facilities of the Port. Last fiscal, it clocked 109.27 MMT Cargo handling mark and secured 2nd position among the Major Ports of India. This fiscal, it is aiming for 120 MMT Cargo handling mark.
“Cultivate and Sustain a Safety Culture for Building Nation” as the theme, the 48th National Safety Week was observed by Paradip Port Trust. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated Safety Week Celebrations on 5th March 2019. Saftey Rath and Safety Rally have been the major highlights of the week long celebrations.
The valedictory function was held in the afternoon on 8th March 2019 near Gate No 4. Attending the function, as the Chief Guest Shri K. Ramchandra Rao, Chief Engineer, PPT focused upon importance of celebrating Safety Week. He stressed on various safety measures undertaken by PPT to control environmental pollution like Dry Fog Dust Suppression System at MCHP, Net Barrier, Road Sweeper, Mist Cannon Spray etc. Addressing the gathering, Shri S.K. Mishra, Traffic Manager, PPT suggested for ensuring the upcoming year as Zero Accident Year for PPT. He elaborated how Traffic Squad movements are being made tight to keep close vigil on rash driving. Capt. A.C. Sahu, Harbour Master, PPT highlighted about various improvements in the safety measures of PPT for the last 3 years. Dr. P. Panda, Chief Medical Officer also spoke on the occasion.
Thereafter, the winners of various competitions organised on the occasion were awarded. Shri Saroj Kumar Das, CME, PPT in his welcome address called upon all the stakeholders to make Safety a way of Life. Shri R.N. Panigrahi, Safety Officer, PPT offered the vote of thanks.
In order to cater to needs of the denizens from the peripheral areas of Paradip Port, free cataract operations have been conducted on 225 poor persons at PPT Hospital in a year under CSR scheme. In a meeting held in the Conference Hall of the Hospital, today on 07.03.2019, cheques towards spectacle assistance have been distributed for post-operation care. While distributing the cheques, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust congratulated the Dr. P. Panda, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. D.P. Sethy, and Ophthalmologist who carried out the successful operations along with the Medical Staff in association with the Paradip Sakshyrata Samity. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club & other HODs of PPT were also present on the occasion. The Chief Medical Officer informed that Dr. Sethy & his team along with the volunteers of Paradip Sakshyarata Samiti have taken active part in making such operations quite successful. He informed that PPT has spent Rs. 9,000/- per head for this surgery, whereas such surgery costs about Rs. 25,000/- in private Hospitals. Further, the Port Authorities have set a target of 250 free cataract operations of the unprivileged people from the periphery to be conducted in the next fiscal. It is to be noted that, PPT Hospital is currently equipped with state of the art ophthalmic and other equipments.
Paradip Port once again repeated the feat of handling 100 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) of cargo for 2nd fiscal year in succession on 05.03.2019. With 26 more days to go, the Port is likely to handle 110 MMT targeted cargo set by the Ministry of Shipping for the FY-2018-19.
The achievement of 100 MMT cargo handling in consecutive two years shows the commitment of the Port towards its customers and the country as a whole. In the process of handling 100.04 MMT cargo as on 05.03.2019, the Port has achieved a growth rate of 5.86% over the corresponding period of 2017-18 when the Port had handled about 94.5 MMT. In terms of absolute growth in tonnage, the increase of 5.57 MMT of cargo over the last fiscal at PPT is the highest amongst all Major Ports achieved so far.
The major growth drivers of the cargo at PPT in the current financial year are the handling of POL and Coastal Thermal Coal which are showing a growth rate of 9.86% and 20.49% respectively over the corresponding period of FY 2017-18.
The above achievement of 100 MMT of cargo again by PPT in the current fiscal is despite 2 of its existing berths are not available for handling of cargo and are under mechanization process.
For the above feat, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT congratulates the user industries to have their continued faith on the ability of the Port to serve them with challenges emerging from the neighboring Non-Major Ports.
Congratulating the employees and officers of the Port for their continued commitment to serve the trade, Chairman, PPT takes the pleasure of appreciating the support of Govt. authorities like Ministry of Shipping (GoI), Govt. of Odisha, Indian Railways, Customs, Immigration Department, Dock Safety, MMD as well as all Service Providers/Terminal Operators for their sustained effort in achieving the above feat.
Officers, Employees and Workers of Paradip Port Trust paid condolence to the Martyrs of CRPF in Kashmir by observing silence and prayers for two minutes in front of Administrative Building at 11 A.M on 16.02.2019.
Republic Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority with a great passion. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag and took salute from 40 platoons consisting of CISF Jawans, students of Paradip College, different schools of Paradip Township and employees of PPT retiring this year.
Announcing the docking of a luxury cruise liner MV Silver Discoverer with foreign tourists in the morning, Shri Roy described it to be proud moment, which will boost and inspire tourism in the State. Addressing on the occasion, Chairman, PPT informed that the Port is expected to reach 110 MMT mark in terms of cargo handling this fiscal, exhibiting a growth rate of 11.56% (CAGR). The Port capacity has been rated at 277 MMTPA making it the largest in the country, while effective capacity has been increased to 234 MMTPA. Operationally, it has scaled new heights in terms of innovations & efficiency. The Mechanised Coal Handling Plant has shown an improvement in efficiency by 65%. It has loaded 1.32 lakh MT in single day in comparison to 1.01 lakh MT in FY 2014-15. The Iron ore handling plant has shown 141% improvement in efficiency with net loading rate stands at 1000 TPH, which was just 414 TPH in FY 2014-15. Marine Deptt. handled a record 27 nos. of vessel movements in just 20 Hrs. For the first time, the Port has discharged edible oil from “MT Delfine” through Mediterrnean Mooring Method without using any berth. All time record traffic of 6.39 Lakh MTs was handled in a single day on 14h October 2018. All time monthly traffic of 10.18 MMT was handled during the month of January, 2018.
As part of green initiatives to curb pollution, Dust Suppression System has been implemented at MCHP. 2 Mist Cannon machines and 1 Mechanical Road sweeping machines are cleaning the roads. Plantation of 8 lakh trees in and around the Port city has been done. Outlining a paradigm shift in the safety culture & practices by the Port, he told that the focus for this year is to impart proper training of workers, introduction of bus services and prohibition of two wheelers and persons walking inside the Port, introduction of no standing zones in berth areas and level crossing warning systems.
The Port has taken great measures to improve the welfare of employees and its stakeholders like introduction of insurance scheme for employees and workers, planning for construction of new houses and state of art Desalination Plant, changing of water pipelines, construction of Sewerage Treatment Plants. For the benefit of local fishing community, the Port has undertaken the lighting of Fishery Harbour Road and dredging of the navigational channel from Mahanadi River Mouth.
Thereafter, Shri Roy awarded prizes to the winners of different competitions held for the occasion. He also felicitated the officers and employees of the Administrative, Traffic, Marine, Medical, Engineering Departments and IOHP division, for their exemplary works.
A Poet’s Meet was also organised at Officer’s Club followed by an exhibition Women’s Volley Ball match in the afternoon at Gopabandhu Stadium. In the evening, Inter School Dance competitions on Patriotic theme were held among school children at Jaydev Sadan.
Nearly 62 foreign tourists on board MV Silver Discoverer from the countries like Australia, UK and South Africa were given a grand welcome at the Wet Basin of Paradip Port Trust this morning by Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, Capt. A.C. Sahoo, Harbour Master and other top officials of PPT. The visitors then went on tour to Buddhist Sites at Ratnagiri and Udayagiri. They are fascinated by the heritage, art and culture of Odisha. This morning to dusk ultra luxury cruise liner is a 1989 seven-star liner, built in Russia. It has LOA of 102.965 Mtr and Beam 15.40 Mtr Beam with Bahamas Flag. The ship came from Vizag and will proceed to Bangladesh in its next Port of Call. Paradip Port has ample infrastructure to cater to the cruise liners to call at the Port and is ready to facilitate the influx of inbound tourists to the State in future.
The 16th Paradip Marathon 2019 was conducted by the Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad of Paradip Port Trust on 3rd January 2019 on the occasion of Port Foundation Day. Shri Rinkesh Roy, IRTS, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust flagged off the same at the Hanuman Temple square. The Marathon covered a route of 14Kms and concluded at Gopabandhu Stadium amid great encouragement by the inhabitants of Port Township and members of other organizations. A total no. of 670 participants comprising of 600 male & 70 female competitors participated in the Marathon.
Shri Kailash Kumbhar of Odisha Police won the first prize in the men category by completing the distance in 43 minutes 42.1 seconds, Capt. Purty of Jharkhand got the second prize (43 minutes 55.8 seconds) and Shri Mukund Banra of Jharkhand got the third prize (44 minutes 8.6 seconds) in the men category.
In the women category, Ms. Samsad Ara Begum of SAI, Cuttack won the first prize (48 minutes 39.4 seconds), Ms. Milli Majhi of SAI, Cuttack got the second prize (59 minutes 22.7 seconds) and Ms. Asmita Sethy of Jagatsinghpur got the third prize (59 minutes 49.4 seconds).
Attending as Chief Guest Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President Paradip Ladies Club attending as Guest of Honour and Heads of the Deptt. of PPT gave away the cash prizes at the valedictory function held at Gopabandhu Stadium. Coach of Indian Jr. National Chess Team Ms. Aparajita Gochhayat and renowned International Athlete Ms. Purnima Hembram were also felicitated on the occasion.
The Officials and Technical members of the Paradip Port Sports Council with the Assistance of the officials of Odisha Olympic Associations the Marathon was conducted smoothly.
Chairman, Paradip Port Trust Shri Rinkesh Roy while addressing the press during the PPT Foundation Day Programme on 03.01.2019 announced the commencement of dredging operations at Mahanadi River Mouth. This work will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 15 Crores through a dredging firm, M/s Reach Dredging Limited, Kolkata.
It may be noted that a major Fishery Harbour is operational at Paradip located in the right bank of Mahanadi River about 1km upstream of the river mouth. The fishery harbour is presently managed by the Odisha State Government Fisheries Department. The local fishing community has been facing difficulties as the river mouth has been silted up over the years and the fishing vessels face hindrance to navigate during approach/exit from the fishery harbour. The Mahanadi River Mouth was last dredged almost 20 years back.
Chairman, PPT during his interaction with the Press informed that there is a narrow window period between January and February to complete the work smoothly in tranquil conditions and PPT has set a target of February 2019 for the Contractor to finish the work.