Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Paradip, Apr 3:
Despite a series of controversies last year, Paradip port has retained its position and was ranked as the country’s second major port in terms of annual cargo handling for the fiscal 2016-17.
The port registered 88.95 million tons this year against last year’s 76.39 million tons, around 16.46% annual growth in cargo handling, said Paradip Port Trust (PPT) Chairman Rinkesh Ray.
The port has also registered impressive success in financial transactions. Hike has been recorded by 15% as compared to last year.
The Berth-day out-put also increased by 12.24% and recorded 8.33 MT in cargo handling in March.
The port also achieved success in terms of mechanical coal handling. While it had registered 40,435 MT in cargo handling last year, 54,825 MT coal was transported this year.
Besides, some initiatives have been taken by the port authority to for the development of port city at expenditure of Rs 2.27 crore.
The port has also taken steps for installing dust suppression system and water sprinkling system in field of pollution control.