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Shipping Secretary gives key  directions during visit to Paradip Port


Dr Sanjeev Ranjan, IAS, Secretary for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, GoI made his maiden visit to Paradip Port Trust (PPT) as part of regular review earlier this week. He was extended a warm welcome by Mr P. L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT and Mr A. K. Bose, Deputy Chairman at Jawahar Guest House. 


He later visited the port and saw the operations in the dock area. He also evinced keen interest in the proposed Mahanadi Riverine Port by PPT during onsite inspection. In the afternoon, he visited the mechanised coal handling plant, twin wagon tipplers at JSWPTPL and the PICT berth.


Dr Ranjan reviewed the functioning of the port during an interaction in the Board Room with exporters, importers, stevedores, PPP operators, local representatives of various industries, and representatives of unions and associations. He also had a virtual discussion on the modernisation of Paradip Fishing Harbour with State Government officials and other stakeholders, said a release. 


Salient features of the visit:


* The Secretary, Shipping directed the port to expedite widening of NH-53 (Paradip to Chandikhol) through the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed between Paradip Port & NHAI under Gati Shakti programme.


* Widening of SH-12 Paradip to Cuttack to four-lane to be taken up on priority.


* Port should expedite completion of Dhanmandal-Chandikhol rail link as alternate to Cuttack-Paradip for movement of thermal coal from Talcher.


* Secretary directed Chairman, PPT to expedite sanction of Rail Master Plan for cargo evacuation under customer-funded model to be executed by IPRCL.


* He reviewed the National Waterway-5 project and directed Inland Waterways Authority to prepare a roadmap to implement the same in a time-bound manner.


* A workshop was organised on ‘Gati Shakti Multi Modal Connectivity for Cargo Transportation through PPT’ on January 11, 2022 in Bhubaneswar, where issues pertaining to cargo transportation through road, rail and waterways were discussed in detail to come up with a clear-cut action plan for implementation.

 

Source: Exim News Service: Paradip, Jan. 13

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