NMPT to boost efficiency through mechanisation

The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) Chairman P C Parida said the port had taken up mechanisation for handling of coal through PPP mode that would increase productivity, efficiency , eliminate pollution.

Speaking after unfurling the National Flag at 69th Independence Day celebrations in the City on Saturday, he said that on completion of fire fighting facilities for handling Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC), the NMPT would be a LPG hub in the west coast providing facility for very large gas carriers.

As part of its CSR (corporate social responsibility), the Port will instal streetlights on national highway from Kulur bridge to Bykampady bridge and has given Rs 97 lakh to Mangaluru City Corporation in this regard, Parida said.

The park near the Kulur bridge will be developed at a cost of Rs 60 lakh and this will NMPT’s gift to morning walkers of Mangaluru, he added.

The chairman said under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the port, in addition to construction of nine toilets in the schools, has taken up maintenance of toilets in 10 schools in first phase and will include additional 10 schools subsequently.

The long-awaited fisheries harbour at Kulai has been included in the Sagarmala scheme of Ministry of Shipping and it is likely to be taken up shortly.

New port
On the contribution of the Port towards industrialisation of the State, Parida said that Government of India had decided to establish a new Port near Bellikeri in Uttara Kannada after the NMPT found it technically feasible. The preparation of a detailed feasibility report has been entrusted to the Sagarmala Company.

The development of the new Port at Bellikeri will not only bring prosperity to the Uttara Kannada district but will also give a fillip to industrialisation of mineral-rich North Karnataka.

The meritorious students of KV School, NMPT High School and Port employees children were also honoured.

The participation of the students in the cultural function added colour to the celebration.
A total of 230 sarees were distributed to the women contract workers on the occasion.
The statues of U S Mallya and B R Ambedkar on the Port premises were garlanded and saplings were planted.
 

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