Union Minister tells major ports to think innovatively

Predicting a bright scope to grow further for major ports due to massive investments on modernisation and faster evacuation of cargo, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari on Thursday asked the top brass of 12 major ports to focus on improving efficiency parameters through innovative strategies.

Inaugurating a two-day conference of major ports’ chairmen being hosted here by the Ministry of Shipping, he said the NDA Government had initiated a series of measures to make the major ports face the challenges ahead. He said in a competitive environment those who perform better would always be rewarded.

Among others, Ministers of State for Shipping Mansukh L. Mandaviya and P. Radhakrishnan along with senior officials from the Ministry of Shipping and the major ports were present.

The conference assumes importance as the major ports recorded an increase in cargo by 3.91% by handling a throughput of 174.02 million tonnes during first quarter of current fiscal.

In a tweet Mr. Gadkari said “two-day review meeting of Ministry of Shipping begins today. Agenda is to discuss vision, overall perspective and broad road ahead. Also cargo capacity review on the agenda.”

The in-camera meeting at a beachfront five star hotel was held amid tight security. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will attend a meeting to be addressed by Mr. Gadkari in the city on Friday evening in connection with launching of various developmental works worth over Rs. 6,000 crore. Mr. Gadkari met a delegation from Confederation of Indian Industry at the hotel and promised them to address the concerns expressed by them. He promised to consider the request for expediting work on highway widening project from Anandapuram to Srikakulam and construction of a truck terminal on PPP basis near Sheila Nagar toll gate.

Appeal on DCI

Dredging Corporation of India Non-Executive Employees’ Union honorary president V.S. Padmanabha Raju and others met Mr. Gadkari and urged him to review decision on strategic sale of DCI.

Draft Bill

In a representation, Mr. Raju, who is the general secretary United Port and Dock Employees’ Union, said they expressed their concern over the draft Bill on replacing Indian Ports Act of 1908 and Major Ports Authority Bill.

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