Chairman's Message

Dear Visitors,

Greetings!

As you read this message, you will be witnessing bright prospects for the Indian economy going into the future. India is the 5th largest economy in the World and poised to gather momentum and attain 3rd slot in another 5-7 year's time. Indian economy bounced back after the ravages of COVID and recorded a growth of about 7% in the FY23. It has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, despite significate challenges in the global environment like disruptions of supply lines following the geopolitical tensions, and inflationary pressures.

With the advantage of a vast coast line of over 7,500 kilo meters, ports across India play a pivotal and supportive role in achieving the desired economic results. Ports in India carry nearly 95% of EXIM trade by volume and about 70% by value. The vision of the Government of India is to make best use of its strength, its coast line, for the economic development as envisioned in Sagarmala – the flagship programme of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. Sagarmala envisages port-led development by embracing modernization of ports, augmenting port connectivity, facilitating establishment of port based industries and coastal community development. The projects envisaged are conceived with a view to reduce logistic cost and make Indian Business globally competitive.

Taking cue from the policy of the Government of India, Port of Visakhapatnam has conceptualized many developmental plans. The projects envisaged are aimed at modernizing and augmenting the existing infrastructure, improve rail and road connectivity to enhance efficiency on par with global standards. Port of Visakhapatnam believes in ‘minimum government and maximum governance’ policy. The terminals (berthing facilities including cargo handling infrastructure) are being augmented for achieving higher efficiency with optimal capital expenditure through private sector participation. The port is planning to transform into ‘Land Lord’ model by entrusting development, operation and maintenance of the terminals to the private entities and captive users.

Visakhapatnam Port Authority is taking proactive measures to improve ‘ease of doing business’ with synergies from all the stakeholders. Transparency in providing services to the customers is assigned top priority. While providing continued support for the economic growth in its hinterland. Port of Visakhapatnam is also committed to achieve net zero carbon footprint. Visakhapatnam Port Authority leads other peers in the group by harnessing solar power. We are self-sufficient by meeting our entire energy requirement from a 10 MW Solar Power Plant and power plants installed on the rooftop spaces of the buildings. The railway system is being electrified in a phased manner to run entirely on electric power very soon. Mechanized cargo handling infrastructure is run on electricity. Facility to provide shore power to ships while at berths is being explored.

In addition to the commitment of reducing carbon emissions, Visakhapatnam Port Authority is also firm on minimizing the adverse impact of cargo handling activities on the environment. Multi-pronged measures such as mechanization, development of covered storage sheds, mechanical dust suppression systems, covering cargo stored and while transporting with tarpaulins, construction of high rise walls around storage area, comprehensive greet belt development etc. are adopted on a sustainable manner. The workforce of Visakhapatnam Port Authority is committed and provides 24x7 services to its customers diligently and with the hope to meet their expectations.

I welcome you to this naturally gifted port and assure you of best services to your satisfaction. I will be happy and grateful for any suggestions for improving the quality of the services provided at the port.

With warm Regards

Dr. Madhaiyaan Angamuthu, IAS

Chairperson, Visakhapatnam Port Authority

Dr. Madhaiyaan Angamuthu, IAS

Chairperson, Visakhapatnam Port Authority