Paradip Port has had its fair share of ups and downs. From being hit by a deadly super cyclone two decades back, and being criticised for investment in capacity expansion at a time when infra spends were being curtailed by the UPA-led government, it has come a long way to hit the 100-million tonne mark in handling cargo, this year.
In 1966, Pradip Port, located in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district on the eastern coast, used to handle only iron ore. Later, it began handling imported coal, iron ore and bauxite—essential inputs for steel and aluminum plants being set up in the hinterlands of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Nonetheless, these were considered ‘dirty cargo’ in shipping circles.
Today, Pradip Port stands with its array of conveyor belts, warehouses, modern ground handling equipment, cranes, and shipping berths—a drastic change from five years ago.
In 2012, the port had handled 56.55 million tonne traffic. In Apr 13, 2018, it handled 102 million tonne traffic, till the close of the 2017-18 fiscal. The growth path for Paradip was not rosy, and it came with a lot of foresight from the Paradip Port Trust employees—who have been part of the port for years—and the chairpersons at the port’s helm.
In five years, Paradip Port has transformed itself into a powerhouse of India’s economic development. The port made investments in building its infrastructure, including having deeper berths to accommodate longer and heavier ships, commissioned an oil jetty dedicated for the use of Indian Oil refinery in Paradip, and completed a clean cargo terminal for containers. Read More