PARADIP: Port day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust (PPT) on the auspicious occasion of Kartik Purnima on Monday. Chairman, PPT, Rinkesh Ray unfurled the Paradip Port Flag and performed the traditional Kalash Puja. Later, the ‘Kalash’ was handed over to ‘Sadhabas Puas’, who symbolically set sail on board a traditionally decorated boat.
Speaking on the occasion, Ray said since girls are no less than boys today, they should also set sail on the boat like the ‘Sadhabas Puas’. He said the Paradip Port has recorded a growth of 18 per cent by clocking 76 MMT (million metric tonnes) cargo handling compared to the last fiscal, whereas other ports in the country could manage just eight per cent growth.
For 2016-17, the PPT has a target to handle 90 MMT cargo and in 2018, it is aiming at 100 MMT mark. “Paradip Port has always initiated and implemented environmental measures for the benefit of the local community and also to maintain a clean and green Paradip as part of its Green Port initiative,” Ray said. Deputy Conservator, Paradip Port, Captain Paul N Joseph also attended.