Paradip: The Paradip Port Trust (PPT) chairman, Rinkesh Roy, said that Paradip Port has become the largest dry bulk handling and the largest coal and coastal cargo handling Port of the country.

Addressing the 73rd Independence Day celebration in the portt town , the chairman said consecutively, for the last 2 years, Paradip Port has clocked more than 100 million tonnes cargo handling.Port has also made impressive strides in the realm of infrastructure, capacity addition, efficiency & technology, he added.

Roy said that the new Iron Ore Berth is expected to be operational by September’ 2019 and the new Coal Berth to handle imported coal cargo is expected to be completed by April 2021. LPG Terminal of 0.75 million tonnes per anum capacity at South Oil Jetty is being developed by IOCL with an estimated cost of Rs. 690 Crores, he added.

As a part of development of Smart Industrial Port City, Paradip Port will segregate its cargo traffic from the passenger traffic, for which a second exit road-cum-fly over shall be implemented at a cost of Rs.106.00 crores, the Port chairman said adding that another bridge shall also be constructed adjacent to the old ATBK Bridge for congestion free movement to the Fishery Harbour Road and the Port premises.