Bhubaneswar: The CEO of Vizhinjam Adani Port ,Santosh Mohapatra, has resigned from his post.

Peeved over the tardy progress in setting up the port, Mohapatra has resigned. He, however, says that he has resigned on personal ground.

The first phase of the Rs7525 crore Vizhinjam Adani Port in Kerela is under construction. However, the works of the multi-purpose port and the international transshipment terminal was not progressing to the satisfaction of CEO Mohapatra. Disheartened over the issue, Mohapatra has resigned, sources close to him said.

The Adani Port has appointed Rajesh Jha as the new CEO in his place. Jha would take charge next week.

Mohapatra, a former IAS officers of Gujarat, has expertise in developing and running ports. Ever since his joined Paradip Port in Odisha as chairman, he honed the skill of port management. It was during his tenure, the Paradip Port turned out be a vibrant port in the country. After completion of tenure in Paradip, he joined Dhamra Port in Odisha as its CEO. had served the Paradip Port in Odisha.

As CEO of Dhamra Port, then jointly owned by Tata Steel and L&T, he had played a key role in not only completing the port but also running it successfully. He also laid the foundation for the expansion of the port. Dhamra is now owned by Adani Ports.

Mohapatra, who hails from Odisha, may join a new port project that is coming up on Odisha coast.