Says hastening key Infra Projects
Acknowledging some of the most pertaining bottlenecks faced by trade in this region, Vizag Port Authority informed the trade that a slew of infrastructure projects are in the pipeline and that efforts are being made to carry out their early completion.
Identifying certain bottlenecks faced at the port VPA’s chairman, Mr Rama Mohana Rao said ‘Evacuation of cargo at the port is an area of concern and we are working on solving this. In the next 1-2 years this will be eased’.
Addressing a trade meet in the city the chairman further informed that 4-5 berths are slated for mechanization.
‘With the abolishment of TAMP major ports have been given the independence and authority to act’ said VPA’s chairman, Mr Rama Mohana Rao.
‘Our trade partners in this region work very hard and are dedicated to their cause’ said the chairman.
PPP operators are our valued business partners. 30-35% of our bulk cargo is handled by them. They play a very important role in our overall growth.
Mr Durgesh Kumar Dubey, Deputy Chairman, VPA
Hailing the role of PPP operators, VPA’s deputy chairman Mr Durgesh K Dubey called them the port’s business partners and said that 30-35% of bulk cargo is handled by PPP operators. Similarly he said that 30-35% of operating revenue too comes from PPP operators.
Speaking on the menace of pollution arising out of the port he said that Rs 100 crores will be spent on creating new cover sheds. Noting that the port has been working in line of becoming a landlord port, Mr Dubey highlighted that the container terminal of the port, VCTPL has the potential to become a transhipment hub.Vizag Port is said to be implementing projects worth over Rs 3700 crores across 23 projects.
Due to increasing traffic in Vizag,cargo and container movement is becoming very difficult. We thus call for immediate action on the proposed connectivity road from Sheela nagar to pendurty Highway as this is the need of the hour. We request VPA management to take this up on top priority.
Mr Rajesh Grandhi, MD, Integral Logistics
Some of the major projects under sagarmala completed at VPA include container terminal extension, upgradation of the existing facility for iron ore handling. There is also a cruise terminal which is slated for completion in 1 years time being built at a cost of Rs 96 crores.
Speaking on behalf of the railways Waltair Division’s DRM Mr Anup Kumar Satapathy said that both the railways and port are integral to evacuation of cargo and noted that regular meetings are being held wherein issues of the trade are being addressed to. ‘Ports and Railways are inseparable’ said the DRM.