Paradip, May 1 (Localwire): All cargo operations of Paradip Port were suspended on Wednesday till further order and nobody was being allowed to enter the operational areas of the port, including inner and outer of harbors, in view of the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, moving closer to Odisha coast.
Explaining the precautionary and safety measures being taken by Paradip Port Trust (PPT) to tackle ‘Fani’, chairman, PPT Rinkesh Ray informed that all vessels were ordered to leave the port. The vessels due to arrive at the port too were told not to come.
“We have started to vacate both 14 berths and the anchorage today. PPT will start evacuation process from tomorrow 10 AM to 12 noon for the safety and security of the port employees,” he added.
Sources said that the port has 20 berths, including 14 cargo berths, two oil tanker berths and three crude oil tankers and single-point mooring for handling of crude oil tanker multi-purpose berth.
There were about twenty five ships, including 17 vessels, in the berths as well as at the anchorage. The berths and the anchorage have been vacated.
All truck movement and rail movement to and from the port too will be suspended from tomorrow. The cranes have been lowered and fastened, they added.
The PPT has opened a control room to monitor the situation. Also several cyclone centers have been opened for sheltering people in the low-lying and vulnerable areas. Each centre is being stacked with food, drinking water, basic medicines and other relief materials.
Similarly, administration has advised tourists to leave the port town, Paradip, in view of the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ and asked the authority of Paradip Municipality to be ready to meet any eventuality.
Meanwhile, district administration also obtained permission from the Election Commission of India to shift EVMs from ground floor to first floor of SVM College, Jagatsinghpur where EVMs were stored in a strong
Directions have also been issued to all BDOs, Tahsildars for storage of food, fuel and maintaining power supply and telecommunication lines.
Three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have reached Jagatsinghpur, while the Navy and the Coastguard have also been put on standby mode to deal with any eventuality. Announcements are made to warn people not to venture in cyclone prone areas.