Odisha Sun Times Business Bureau
Paradip, Nov 7:
Paradip Port in Odisha has witnessed commendable growth in cargo handling during the current fiscal, said chairman of Paradip Port Trust SS Mishra.
Speaking at the Port Day celebratios f PPT at the Wet Basin of the port on the occasion of Kartika Purmina on Thursday, he said the port has been maintaining second position in terms of traffic handled amongst all major ports in the country.
Stating that the PPT has floated Request for Qualification (RFQ) tender for mechanization of EQ-1 to EQ-3 berths to handle export of coal, Mishra said the completion of the project will add 22 million metric tonnes (MMT) of capacit to the port.
PPT has set a target to create the necessary infrastructure to enhance its capacity to 270 million tonnes by 2023, he said, adding “The continuous growth in the performance of the port year after year is testimony to our commitment and ability to deliver.”
Mishra said PPT is actively undertaking its CSR activities by organizing a six-month free residential training programme for 30 unemployed youth of Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts through Central Institute of Plastic Engineering Technology (CIPET), Bhubaneswar which will ensure their gainful employment immediately after training.
“We have a plan to scale up the number of trainees to 120 and to provide the opportunity to the unemployed youths of our entire state,” he said.
This apart, plans are afoot to develop one super speciality 400-bedded hospital on PPP mode to take care of the needs of peripheral area. In this regard, an agency is being selected for preparation of the project report, he added.
Among others, PPT secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and PPT deputy conservator Capt. GP Biswal were present on the occasion.