Paradip: Union Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation NItin Gadkari today said that Paradip port will become the number one port in the country.
“Paradip will become the number one port of the country. It will be Odisha’s growth engine. We will invest Rs 2.5 lakh crore for development of Odisha,” said Gadkari.
Gadkari was speaking at a public meeting after launching several port and IOCL projects at Paradip.
Gadkari inaugurated a Multipurpose Clean Cargo Berth of capacity 50 lakh tons/year, built at a cost of Rs 431 crore. The Berth- (450m length x 30m wide x 16m draught) can take in Capesize vessels up to 125000 DWT. There is a railway line with full length siding (3.2km). The Container handling capacity will enable local industry to find global markets.
The Minister also laid foundation stone for six projects at the port. These included LPG Terminal at South Oil Jetty worth Rs 690 Crore, having a capacity of 7.5 lakh tons/year. The project will be executed by IOCL primarily for import of LPG to cater to domestic requirements.