“Under Maritime vision 2030, the Paradip Port Authority will become a MEGA PORT and for this, employees, the stakeholders like exporters, importers will have to play a crucial role. Paradip is going to become one of Asia’s prominent Industrial Hub with large projects of around 10 thousand Cr. Port based industrialization is on the anvil. With the merger of Inland waterways of Mahanadi with Coastal water of the Bay of Bengal via Paradip Port, a huge potential for development has been created”, said Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, while addressing the Press, Employees and denizens of Paradip in a meeting held at the newly inaugurated Biju Convention Centre.
As the Nation is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Shri Sonowal was quite happy to note that the Paradip Port Authority which came into existence post-independence has achieved tremendous success and created its own identity. Apart from the employees, the local population has also extended its whole hearted support. Shri Sonowal also thanked Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha and Govt. of Odisha for its support in development of Paradip Port. In future also they should continue this type of support so that Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of a strong and Atma Nibhar Bharat is realised. In the spirit of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, through Sabka Prayas the efforts of several line ministries were synchronised for the holistic and speedy development of the nation, Hon’ble Prime Minister on 15th August 2021 announced the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan worth Rs. 100 Lakhs Cr. Gati Shakti aims to provide systematic, multi modal connectivity to various economic zones for seamless movement of people, goods & services resulting in efficient conduct of logistics and economic activities.
In order to become a super power our new generation should undergo new innovation thought process, start-ups, connectivity, industry, science and technology. There should be coherent approach between the teaching community, parents and students. Shri Sonowal launched “Vidya Ashribad Scheme” for the local school students belonging to the marginalized section of the society who are being provided with study kits comprising of school bags, shoes and other accessories. Hon’ble minister also launched the “Baristha Kalyan Yojana” under which the inmates of Maa Santoshi Old Age Home were provided utility kits.
Shri P.L.Haranadh, Chairman, PPA in his welcome speech, outlined about the prospects of various projects like 2nd exit-cum-road flyover (Gati-Shakti Project), Sewerage Treatment Plant, creation of Aayush Garden, Paradip College Boy’s Hostel, Container Scanner which were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister. Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPA was also present on the occasion.