Bhubaneswar, August 16 (LocalWire): Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has announced that Odisha’s lone major port has now become the largest dry bulk cargo, coal and coastal cargo handling port of India.
“With a per annum cargo handling capacity of 100 million metric ton (MMT), the port has been listed in the Exclusive Club of country’s ports for the second successive.
The Paradip Port has also made impressive strides in the realm of infrastructure, capacity addition, efficiency and technology,” PPT chairman Rinkesh Roy said on Thursday while addressing at the Independence Day celebration here.
“The new iron ore berth is expected to be operational by September 2019 and the new coal berth to handle import coal cargo is expected to be completed by April 2021.
LPG Terminal of 0.75 MMTPA capacity at South Oil Jetty is being developed by IOCL with an estimated cost of Rs 690 crore,” he said listing out the ongoing infrastructure projects at the port.
The chairman also pointed out that a state-of-the-art effluent treatment plant (EFT) was commissioned at a cost of Rs 32 lakh last month at the PPT Hospital for disposal of liquid waste.
“A sewerage treatment plant project work is going on currently and it will be commissioned in the current fiscal year. The Rs 21.82-crore EFT will have a capacity of approximate 4.5 million liters per day (MLD),” he said.
The port has initiated measures for setting up the first desalination plant in Odisha and an MoU regarding consulting services was signed between PPT and the Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) last month.
Once the project becomes operational, Sea-water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) water will be available in PPT Township. This project will supplement the drinking water requirement during the summer season in Port Township.