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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.