Paradip May 3 (LocalWire): Paradip came to a standstill as industries had to shut down operations in the wake of cyclone ‘Fani’ making a landfall near Puri today.
Paradip port, two fertilizer units IFFCO and PPL, IOCL’s Paradip Refinery and Essar steel plant and other big and small industries were severely affected by cyclone Fani.
Other than external damage, water logging inside production buildings and stockyard, it made an impact by stopping production for more than a week.
All cargo operations in Paradip port has been suspended since the last two days. All cargo vessels had been evacuated.
PPT stopped all cargo handling operations and is not allowing any vessel movement and all have been left at the port. Vehicular and rail movement to and from the port has also been suspended.
One senior officer of PPT said, ‘We have taken all necessary measures to minimise the impact of the cyclone but Fani caused extensive damage to the port.
We will soon evaluate the damage. Different roads here are blocked due to uprooted trees so PPT employees have been pressed into service to clear the debris.’
Similarly, IFFCO plant has been completely damaged due to sever cyclone Fani. Storage and production buildings have been affected and the steel roofs of many buildings have been damaged and cargo operation has been completely paralyzed.
Similarly, the production of another fertilizer unit PPL has also been severely affected by this cyclone.
On other hand, Paradip refinery of IOCL has shut all cargo operations, severely affecting production.
A contingency plan has been devised to meet any eventuality due to the cyclone.
‘It is expected to take a minimum of 72 hours to make the port safe and will update the market when the port resumes operations,’ said one IOCL official.
In addition to taking care of the port, authorities had to take several safety measures for employees and their families as well as the locals.
Several cyclone shelters were opened for people evacuated from low-lying and vulnerable areas and each shelter was stacked with adequate food, drinking water and medicines.